I have just made a up a tape round pen today. My only concern about free lunging is that when he lets loose his silly behaviour, I dont want him running or getting to close to me...
With free lunging how would I control where he goes? Like today he did a spook and turned towards me while he was being a douche and I had to flick the lunge whip at him so he would not get close to me =/ I don't really fancy a kick to the face nor being run over.
Is it best done in a small pen or large? How do a make him change directions while free lunging? Plus, keep him out from getting close to me? Am I still meant to use my lunge whip?
To change direction, I hold my arm out to the inside of the circle and my lunge whip to the outside, unless Mitch is being completely crazy he will turn, At first I would slow him to a walk then drop my whip, walk out and turn him round while my hand was to the inside, he seemed to associate my hand being held up with turning quite quickly so that worked for him.
Yep, square up and look scary
along with flicking your whip at him if he gets close, that should deter him from coming too close.. Cause hey, I don't know about you but if someone is standing by looking real scary then i'm not going over that way
Did he understand what to do when he got in there? Just thinking maybe he was going close to you because he was confused, if so then maybe lunge him inside the circle, but using your rope so he knows what he's doing for a bit.
Personally I use a large-ish circle, the radius would be about 12m, because then I've got those extra few metres to work with and get out of the way if need be. So it would probably end up being the same size as my normal lunge circle, considering I walk in my own circle when lunging.