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    04-07-2009, 12:44 PM
longing before you ride?

Didn't really know what forum to put this in.....
I was wondering what your oppinion on longing before riding was...where I ride nobody ever longes (before they ride) and I was just curious about the pros and cons because I have a fairly "hot" horse and was thinking she might benefit from longing.
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    04-07-2009, 12:58 PM
No,you should not lunge a hot horse. I have a very very hot headed morgan. And if I lunge him before I ride he gets worked up and even more hotter for that ride. So you are better off not lunging.
    04-07-2009, 01:10 PM
She is probably not as hot headed as your morgan :) but she does have alot of energy. I have longed/lunged/lounged (lol) her once for about 15 min. At a walk/trot before riding her and it did seem to calm her down, I was going to ask my instructor about it but I forgot (whoops) and I won't see her until tomorrow and I was going to ride today but I had also read things about it not being so great for the horse and stuff like that (normally only if you do it wrong though) so I was wondering if anyone had any good/bad things to say before I tried it out again (I was also going to talk to my instructor if people seemed to think it was a good idea since she knows her temperment I would also like to get her oppinion on longing in general for finished horses) Thanks!
    04-07-2009, 01:18 PM
Lunging can help, but I think there are better ways to do it. I let my horse out loose in the arena while I grab things and he runs around on his own and bucks and snorts and gets out energy. Lunging I think just adds to the problem of hot horses. All you're doing is building up their stamina and not really teaching them much other than running around in circles.

Depending on your riding level, I think you should just get up in the saddle and get your horses mind on you and get them thinking by doing circles, bending, flexing, etc.

Pros of lunging are the horse is able to learn to carry itself properly without a rider. Sure, you can lunge for 5 minutes and get out some of the energy, but often I see someone running/"lunging" their horse for a half hour every time they ride. The horse isn't learning -- You're just tiring him out.
Small circles can be bad for a horses legs, but I think the biggest problem with lunging is it often takes the place of training.
    04-07-2009, 01:35 PM
If I just let her loose in the arena she would just eat the grass on the edge she has become alot more calm on the ground (she still has moments) but once I get on her its like she just has to go go go and as fast as possible or jig (grrrr) and that problem I think stems from the person who owned her before the person who owned her before me (lol) who let her freak out and jig and go as fast as she wanted to.

    04-07-2009, 01:35 PM
Sorry I didnt mean to post yet
    04-07-2009, 01:40 PM
As I was saying :) that is what I generally do and it has been helping (alot!) I guess I was just hoping that lunging would help.

Lol I wouldn't go that far :) but I see your point thanks! I will continue doing what I have been doing since it seem to work but if anyone has any other good ideas I am open to suggestion!
    04-07-2009, 02:25 PM
I meant to say I will continue without lunging her unless she needs it occasionally :)
    04-07-2009, 02:29 PM
She just needs to be taught. She has bad habits from her old owner and lunging isn't going to help that. I would recommend slow groundwork then move it up into the saddle. Lots of praise and repetition. I think you're going the right direction :)
    04-07-2009, 02:40 PM
I wasn't trying to replace training with lunging argh whenever I try to explain it it just comes out wrong! :P and she does almost perfect with ground work (no I haven't stopped doing it ^.^) lol I have been doing so much repetition I think I could do it in my sleep (I change it up a little so she doesn't get bored) and have no fear! I praise her a ton whenever she does something right! Thanks for the encouregement!

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