I've been slowly teaching Gwen to longe/lunge/lounge (however you want to spell it). I started with just her lead rope and a dressage whip and clicked and reinforced her for walking out around me. At first I clicked her for just a few steps, then a half circle, and finally for walking all the way around me. I concentrated on keeping her comfortable and calm most of all and I'm pretty proud of how relaxed she's been.
Today I upped the ante a bit and using an actual longe line and whip I started out asking her for one or two circles around me. She did great, she wasn't flustered by the whip and she kept a nice distance between us. I even asked her for a few steps of trot! I clicked her as soon as she started trotting and pretty quickly she learned to step up at just the word. That was exciting.
Even more exciting: Gwen wore the western saddle today! She was a little tense when I first put it on her back and the pad slipped back. I was worried she'd blow up if I tried to mess with it so I let it be. I clicked her for each little step and she stood like a rock for it. After I cinched the girth she was a little uncertain. At first she tried to back up to get away from it but finally responded to my urging to come forward. A few steps and a handful of treats later she was walking forward calmly.
Again, I know very little about western saddles, if you notice that the saddle isn't in the right place please let me know. I'm pretty sure the pad is too far back but is the saddle too far back too? What do you think, is the pad too big?
I like this next picture though, any picture that shows her neck relaxed while she's wearing a saddle is very reassuring to me.