YOu did a good job lunging if that is your first time doing that with her.
Couple of things;
Be careful not to be holding the lungeline in loops, in case horse pulls really hard and you get caught in a tightening loop.
Pay attention to how you use the whip, so that you are not kind of "nagging" at her. So, when she is going correctly, you keep the tip lowered and quiet. Only if she slows or breaks gait, or ignores a quiet "ask" do you increase the pressure from the whip, then as soon as you get it, put that whip right back in nuetral. I saw too much waving of it up and down, kind of meaninglessly.
Hold the lunge line just as you hold the rein in English style riding. You can tighten your hold on it (by firming up your hand and forearm) and even exhale and lower your body to assist in downward transitions, and preperations (like a half halt) for an upward transition, where in you raise up, inhale and open you hand slightly and ask her forward with voice, almost immediately backed up with whip.
When you lunge, imagine yourself riding, hold the line like the rein, and your body as if you are in the saddle.
If I get the job I'm applying for, my parents said I can buy an English saddle after I make twice enough money to buy one.
I saw some really nice brand new Tekna saddles this weekend, and they were priced at $350-450, so if I can put away half or all of my tips, plus half of my pay checks towards one, hopefully I could get one by next Spring.
I would even be happy with a used Stubben or something along those lines.
I got to practice my polo wrapping skills this morning, I always ended up with a bunch of excess that just made it bulky at the end, (on her front legs) but her back legs were fine. It took me a few times to figure out how not to get baubles, but a few more practices and it will be just fine.
I tried to get a good picture, but she was trying to figure out what the h*ll was on her legs. She did the best walk ever after I put them on her back legs, lol.
Alright, went for a ride today with Squiggy, after her 10 weeks off, I'm just trying to get her back into "work" mode, so just "trail" rides right now (i.e riding in the stubble field...). She was being a real turn when it came to mounting... always gotta be something I guess. She actually does a slow jog on loose rein, which is wierd to me still, I'm used to her just instantly lunging into a long trot with her head up in the air. So, we did quite a lot of trotting today, working on controlling her speed at a trot on as loose of a rein as possible (I don't have WP or reining dreams for her, so no big deal... but I still want her to be able to just kick it into a nice trot and make some MILES out in the pasture on loose rein, and then hopefully that will help with barrel racing next year.)Her lope though.... we did a little bit of that, but I wasn't helping her any, my stirrups were a bit too long for some reason O.o. I want to get a nice lope out of her, and I almost had one today, but she's always on the bit at a lope. I'm going to do a lot of downward transitions and half halts and such with her... anything else I can try?