Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Central Illinois
• Horses: 0
When you lunge a horse, you should stay in relatively the same spot, not wandering around the pasture.
I don't know much about jumping, but I can tell that that is not the way you start a horse. When he darts between you and the jump like that, he is trying to tell you something. Just like when a potential roping horse is in the chute, and the cow is released, but the horse just stands there. Sure you can kick and whip and poke and prod that cowhorse all you want to get him to go, but he doesn't enjoy it. He isn't interested in the cow, and you make more work for yourself by trying to make him do it.
You are just creating tons more work for yourself, because the horse doesn't enjoy himself. And also, 3 years old is still considered a baby. He may not be a foal, and should have more patientce and attention span than one, but he still needs time for his body to grow and develop. You are putting too much strain on his developing legs.