Please help with lunging difficulties.
Okay, so I have a four going on five year old new forest gelding, Freddy.
Today, when I went to lunge him, as per usual, as we normally do, he was refusing.
He was kicking out, trying to pull away, he reared and whenever I spoke to him ane encouraged him, it would do nothing.
He would stand facing the inside of the circle, at me, and would not move. So I told him to stand, and went around to his rear, but as soon as I did, he followed me. I tried with and without whip, to see if it made a difference, but it did not.
He looked happy to see me, and is in no pain - moving correctly, no limping or lameness and he had no saddle on so there was no pressure on his back.
I also checked his feet - they were fine too, the ground is of correct softness/hardness, everything is fine - as usual, but he just wont do it, when only Saturday, he was absolutely brilliant.
I kept calm with him, used a firm voice when he was acting incorrectly and a encouraging voice when he was correct, so no anger was shown.
If you could give me some pointers on how to correct this, then I would truly appreciate it!
Also, if you have any ideas on making sure there is nothing wrong, e.g why he is doing this, I would also be glad to hear.
Many thanks for you time,