Originally Posted by hisangelonly
I don't know. I just want to know if it needs to be fixed and how to fix it.
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Cross cantering on the lunge isn't a huge deal as long as it doesn't carry over under saddle. THe horse is simply unbalanced on the lunge, or lazy in that he isn't using himself properly. If you are just trying to bleed off energy I wouldn/t worry too much. If you are actually lunging for conditioning then yes, you want to correct the cross cantering by getting the horse to trot again and then asking for the correct lead canter.
Remember to make a triangle while lunging. You are the high point of the triangle and should be positioned just behind the horse's shoulder. The horse's nose (with lunge line attached) is the second angle of the triangle and your extended arm with the lunge whip positioned to the back of the horse behind the haunches is the third angle. This encourages the horse to use his back end and bend around the circle instead of just "moving" around in a circle. I attach the line the same way, to the loose ring under the chin...that way I can get the horse to change directions without having to switch the line. If I use a lunging caveson then I attach the lunge line to the center ring on the nose.