Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Temple, Georgia, USA 🇺🇸
I'm no lunging expert but it sounds to me like he doesn't know how to lunge. As far as how to teach him how to lunge, you're asking the wrong person. LOL.
I've never seen what good making a horse run around you on a circle does anyway. I don't have a problem with lunging, but the logic that it makes your horse bond with you seems iffy. (Personally, if someone tried to make me run around in a circle, I wouldn't be very happy with them, but...)
Maybe it does work. I don't know. I think lunging is usually more for respect than bonding. Which, you will find, are two different (though related) things. I can see lunging for respect, though. That makes since.
As for the ignoring you and grazing, that's not a big deal to me. I don't mind if my horses graze while I'm petting on them- although I admittedly favor how Dixie respectively raises her head when I act like I am going to do something with/to her. She is a pretty respectful, sweet mare.
One thing horses like is to be groomed- normally. However, they don't always enjoy it- Pistol isnt crazy about being groomed.
Just give it time, figure out what he likes. If you don't click, it's not the end of the world- Pistol and I don't really click. Dixie and I have a nice bond, and Maverick loves everyone, but Pistol is always ill around me. That's okay. We're still pretty happy anyway. Bonding is a little overrated, in my opinon. It's a wonderful thing, if you can have it. But it's not necessary.
Have a blessed day!