Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Upstate New York
I agree with the advice given above me. You do have your shoulder closed (but I can tell that is because you are somewhat nervous....I would be too with a new horse).
Looks like what my mare tries to pull on the lunge if I haven't been out in a few days (except she is sort of worse). She'll take off bolting and crow hopping etc. What I do then is get in front of her, stop her, and then send her out quickly again. If she does it again, we keep stopping/going until it ends. When she turns in towards you, I see a couple times where you take a step back. Do not back up or take any steps backwards! You must be lead mare (as I'm sure you know) and backing up is NOT what lead mares do. If she turns towards you point the hand with the line in it the direction you want to go. If she doesn't go out, click to her and flick your whip. If she still doesn't go out well then fine, she had her chance to do it nicely and I would give her a slight tap with the whip. If she throws a fit when you do that, stop her, and send her back out. In my eyes, it is not acceptable to misbehave on the lunge line. The lunge line is an extension of your arm/body so if they think they can get away with it on the lunge why not try stupid stuff while riding? My trainer/coach tells me to pretend there is an invisible forcefield around me when she gets strong and fresh like that. I don't know how your mare is but my mare is easy to scare and boss around so it works with her. When I go to the right with her, she usually won't go out and she will start backing to avoid going out. So I make the back unpleasant by COMING AT HER WITH A PURPOSE....that purpose being "I'm boss, you're not listening, BACK UP....NOW." You should see how quickly she backs LOL.
Just a few suggestions, that's all :) I think you handled things very well for the first time.