I agree with Nevada. It should be the horses decision to want to join up. I will try and think of another way of join up. But yeah, without a small area to work with its nearly impossible for join up. Posted via Mobile Device
I am learning some as I go.
I follow a lot of Chris Irwin's stuff, I like how he uses his core to move the horse, etc. I have had stellar luck with it lunging so far.
I'm still on the hunt for a saddle to fit my big monster arab. :)
I think you could, just because they are on the line doesnt mean you have to pull on it to get them to you. I don't really see why not ? I havent studied join up a lot, but I've done it a few times with my horses.
I lunge Dancer with a rope halter and lead line combo. When he's trotting and I ask for a whoa he will stop and decide to come to me. I never pull or tug to make him come to me.
You might want to look at that. I don't want a horse to come to me automatically. Only if I invited him to. I might want to stop the horse on the lunge and that's it; STOP. If he comes in to you, he is making a decision outside of you. That makes me wonder how much of the lunging is him doing what you want and how much is just automatic.
you might start asking him to stop, and stay stopped. Teaching your horse to stop, some distance from you and be comfortable just standing some distance form you, YET still keeping an eye on you for the next direction from you, is a good excersize.