Okay hoofpic you did the lunging and it didn't work for either of you so why go back to something that didn't work?
What do you mean it didnt work for either of us? Ive accomplished quite a bit with her when lunging her. Considering how when I very first got her, I wasnt even able to get her to move and when I was...I had trouble changing her direction, she would refuse to go one side etc etc. She had no energy because I put no energy in my body language, I was far too passive. I was a mule on the line. i was weak.
But now, I am not the same person as I was 5 months ago. Not to sound overly confident but I have learned a lot in lunging and even though I dont care for 20mins of non stop circles (pointless, they achieve nothing except bore the horse), I do like controlling their feet, changing direction, tempo, disengaging their hind, etc. I love using the flag and am just as confident working the flag as the carrot stick.
Its too bad I didnt get my mare today seeing how Ive progressed with lunging in general. I would have taken off at a much MUCH stronger and different approach than when I got her. I think it would have made a signfiicant difference but whats done is done. I now know how to use my body language, my feet, my arms, my shoulders, flag, carrot stick, whatever to get them to move on the line. I just wish I knew this months ago and was able to fully apply it when I was doing all the groundwork with her.
I have no doubt in my mind I would have been able to patch more of the holes in her previous groundwork training from the previous owner. No her groundwork isnt perfect and still could use some work, but its good enough IMO. But for me, I just know I could have done better had I had the knowledge I do right now, months ago. :( This is a selfish mistake on my part. I regret it dearly. Im not exactly proud of myself.
I mean you guys got to see a glimpse of me when I had her in the roundpen a couple weeks ago. But not the same as on a full line.
All I know is, the other day I was reflecting back to when I first got her, all the times I lunged her at the old barn all by myself (from learning off the trainers) compared to what I know now, was WEAK!!!! So bad in comparison, I cant even believe I did it with my mare! I wish I could have those times back, I really do. Theres so much more I would have given had I known what I do today.