Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
Whipping to me means more than once, it means over and over. Once is enough, then driving her away to follow. Everything must be a learning experience
Well I really wish i had the last session me lunging her on tape cause i was really hard on her. This is the one that I would love feedback on. But i have my doubts if this sent a message to her at all.
I whipped her on the HQ a couple times because I wanted her to go and fast and she wasnt going as fast as I wanted. So I whipped her on the HQ once (didnt get her hind as hard as I wanted, so she didnt pick it up as much as I wanted) so I whipped her again. I wish I had at least the carrot stick on me cause they feel it much more.
She must have been running at a 60 degree angle off the ground because i was running her tight and so fast. Which just eats me up inside to do this because i know its bad for their joints. I am so against lunging any horse in tight circles, let alone doing it really fast and aggresively I was running her so fast, she almost slipped a couple times but i kept at it.
Then kept whipping the ground as hard as i could and fast as i could while driving her HQ by not keeping my feet planted but having them a bit active. This kept her going without slowing down. I must have whipped the ground 100 times. I felt like I was roundpenning her. The lead obviously isnt as effective as the carrot stick cause it makes no sound but I made sure it did when it cracked the dirt each time I hit it.
I have no doubt that my correction for her nipping me was severe enough. But my ones for her rearing and kicking out at me twice wasnt. If I had the 4ft whip with me I would have been able to reach her front legs when she reared and reared her HQ when she was about to kick out at me.
The entire time I was lunging her and constantly putting pressure on her by whipping the end of the lead as hard as I could on the ground so that it landed right by her HQ, I kept thinking to myself, should I follow the advice that a fellow boarder at the old barn once gave me and that was, that when one of his horses bites him, he lunges his gelding into the ground until he drops. 20-30mins non stop, him in a full out sweat, just exchausted to death.
Now Im not one for lunging horses into the ground (I keep the amount of circles I make them do to a minimal, basically until they show signs of submission), but I was just wanting to send her a message that i was just about tempted to do it. But I didnt. I stopped at about 5 or 6 mins.