Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Not going to lie, I only bothered with 2 mins of your vid.
My gut reaction to your question was "Wth is a horse even DOING threatening a person??"
As soon as the vid opened, I could see major issues. Your hirse is screaming disrespect before you even send him moving. Imo, his/her perceived image of you starts the second you enter his/her space. What I see is an unprepared, scattered person not for one milisecond commanding focus, let alone respect.
I linge for two different reasons. A flight check to spot any lameness and establish focus, which I'm always prepared to get NOW. And with a lesson in mind. I'm a very ritualistic handler. I believe animals (and children) benefit from the structure. I tie my horse or stand him at the fence while I cange out my lead for lunge. I properly gather my lunge and whip before walking off to my established lunge spot of that moment. My horses move off the instant I ask them, with polite energy and under control. Simply raising my stick off ghe ground increases their energy. If I have to snap that whip, I'm at the offended point, lol.
If I had your horse in my hands, I'd approach it the same way. Very clear cues to send him out (I point with my lunge-holdong hand & roll the string of my whip of the ground, toward the hip). If he did not step off NOW, I'd roll that whip a second time, high off the ground and HARD on the ass. Normally, I wouldn't be this aggressive with a new horse, but his teenager 'tude toward you has riled me, lol. If he's any kind of reasonable horse, this will have gained his attention enough that you need not repeat it more than once or twice more in the sesdion.
Re his charging/threatening behaviour, I save my voice for just this kind of thing. Twist that bum toward me and I'll growl and crack you on that ass again. Twist that front end off the circle toward me and I'll definitely get loud and mean with that whip. Lay your ears at me, and you'll move out faster. Head twisting or tossing equates moving out harder. Ignoring my whip cues gains you an attention-getting crack. Being a good, polite horse elicits my crooning voice and praise. I also never drill a well behaved horse into boredom. Even if I'm lunging for exercise, I change it up with poles, ditch lunging, anything to engage the mind and keep the wheels turning.
The whip is always between me and the offending part of them. For this reason, I prefer the NH "carrot sticks". String for fine-point articulation, and hard fiberglass stick for defending myself.
Requiring a horse to behave civilly on the lunge isn't asking a lot. Any horse I don't feel safe around is meat-truck worthy, in the current market. Jmo.
Sorry for the opinionated novel, but I hate to see things so on the cusp... Could go hard either way and I'm hoping for you and your friend to find your route to a good relationship.
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