Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Sundre, Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
HAF I'm really not trying to sound mean. But she did come into your personal space (moved into the circle) way more then once. I'm not saying this is a fault of yours but of the horses.
It's okay to admit that your horse has faults, I do all the time. Critical critique is very very important when training your horse. If you can't critique your own horse you are never going to be able to further their training.
For when she moves into while lunging:
-Get on her about it. Push her away (Not literally) If you have a whip bring it to her shoulder and push her back against the wall. If you don't use a whip then stomp you feet at her and walk towards her shoulder, letting her know that you want her out of your personal space. Just from the short video I can tell that Chance has no respect at all for you. When you are asking for a direction change she should also never turn her hindquarters into you. That is a huge sign of disrespect. She should turn into the circle always facing up with you. Have you ever tried join up with Chance. IMO It really does work wonders.
-I would start again with some ground driving. I teach almost all my collection from the ground before I ever get on their backs.
The next 2 things I would not recommend unless you have done them before and know exactly how to do them. They could both cause serious harm if not done exactly the right way. If you have not done them see if you can have someone (Other then your trainer, I really have nothing good to say about her...sorry) that has done it before come out and help you a few times.
-Tie your reins to a circingle, loose at first (while lunging her) and slowing and I mean slowly bring in the slack. Maybe half an inch at a time (It could take up to a month) until she has her head and neck in the proper form. NEVER EVER pull it right tight the fist time. You could really cause harm to your horse if you do this. Like I said bring it in slowly half an inch to an inch at time. And only tighten it if she stops fighting the pressure that is on there. This is very crucial to be very careful while doing this. Also you should only do this on level ground; if your horse does trip they really need their neck to keep themselves up.
-The other thing is draw reins, which work similar to what I described above.
One more tip!
Just a suggestion but you should bring your stirrups up when lunging her. They can move around alot and bang at her sides potentially hurting her. With your stirrups up you can still have your reins thru them.
Good luck and I hope it works out for you.