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There is a green horse at my barn, had been trained , then put to pasture for a few years because of a personality clash. She still rides, but has absolutely no go under saddle. Constant pressure to keep her at a walk, have to use a whip to get her to trot (but the trainer can force her into a canter) As of right now, I'm not allowed to ride her, and I'm the only one who ever rides her, minus the one show the trainer rode her in (Dressage intro C.) last year.

I might be learning to lunge today, and my current plan is to lunge for awhile before riding for 3 reasons:
1)Respect
2) get her to lose weight- I believe she is a 7/8 on poor pasture only.
3) examine her gait changes with no saddle and then with saddle to determine if the saddle is the problem.

I know Idealy I should work with an experienced trainer, but she is not mine, and the owner is a trainer who has thus far given up on her. I might get some help, but I'm not holding my breath.

The saddle tends to roll, which could either be a fit issue or weight. She is currently worked in a french link, which I believe is the only bit the trainer uses. She is 13ish hands and a halflinger.

Any tips or exercises I could do with her? I know when lunging many direction changes are best. I'm hoping that her reluctance is a combination of no respect and reluctance because of her weight, since I had absolutely no pull to get a new saddle. There is a indoor arena, one outdoor, no roundpen.

I know I'd be better off not doing this, but I hate seeing a good horse left to pasture.
 

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I am learning that lunging does you no good if the horse doesn't have a proper arc in the circle.
Lunging with side reins is something you could do to get her working her back muscles and building a top line. I don't know how to train a horse to side reins yet so don't ask me how. I am just learning about proper lunging techniques. I do know that you have to start with your side reins long and of course you inside one a hole tighter than the outside one.
 
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