Although saddle broke, I have found that Brooke doesn't know how to lunge. We have practiced free lunging in the indoor arena and she found that she loved to look at herself in the mirrors. Great! So now she isn't afraid or intimidated by the "other horse" in the arena. It was time to become a big girl and learn how to lunge on the 30 foot line attached to the halter with me standing in the center of the invisible circle.
She leads fabulously on the left side by herself or with another horse, but try to lead her from the right side alone, forget it. I know horses in training for racing do not get lead or worked with much on the right side of their bodies, but as a riding horse, they need to be handled from both sides.
Brooke is a "red head" and apparently they are much more opinionated than brunets or blonds :) Brooke understands the concept of me standing in the middle of an invisible circle and walking around me. Trotting, well that's another story. I usually start the lunge learning at an end of the arena so that I have three sides to my circle. Brooke understood the wall part of the circle, but once we got to the open side, she would run like a race horse and literally pull me down the arena towards the other end. We worked for 15 minutes going to the left and after a compromise, she learned she could not pull me down the arena. After six to eight tries of not succeeding with her trick, she FINALLY understood she needed to go all the way around me, not just 3/4 of the way. Wow, that was a breakthrough! So we tried to the right. Same issue - she thought it was a game to politely trot 3/4 of the circle, then take of towards the other end of the arena. Until the chain around her nose got her attention about a dozen times. After that, it was if she had lunged for months - a full 20 meter circle around me. Winning!
Baby horses are rewarding as well as frustrating. We finished on a great note - I took her off the lunge line and she walked politely next to me around the arena and when I stopped, she stopped and stood next to me. What a smart girl! Up to the barn where her other friends were munching on hay before dinner time. She was very sweaty so I took the opportunity to brush her in her stall. Her goat friends love to duck under the stall guard and sneak a lick from her salt block. She didn't seem to mind sharing the stall with me while being brushed, or the kitties that play in her hay while she is eating.
Slowly but surely she is becoming more social. We will work on lunging this week and graduate to wearing a bridle with a bit with a lunging caveson over top.