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        04-07-2009, 02:56 PM
      #11
    Banned
    Horses are all different. So some might work beeter if lunged and some might not*shrugs*
         
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        04-07-2009, 05:27 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I can't agree more :)
         
        04-07-2009, 07:23 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by morganshow11    
    Horses are all different. So some might work beeter if lunged and some might not*shrugs*
    I agree. A lot of folks I ride with lunge before riding because they believe it gets the freshness out of the horse, but I believe, like others have said, that for some horses, it just winds them up more. I never lunge before riding, even when our mares are very fresh. They have learned that when leaving, just like returning, we walk the first 1/4 mile or so, and can then go to a good trot or whatever. Consistancy and repetition and they get used to the routine.
         
        04-07-2009, 07:25 PM
      #14
    Showing
    I think if your horse is stall kept then a light lunging is in order just to warm up the muscles if nothing else.
    Ours are pasture ponies so they are free 24/7. When its been awhile since we rode last I do some flexing exercises on the ground and then in the saddle before we take off. Make sure they have their mind on you. That they are giving to the bit and yielding front and fore quarters. I think this is a better exercise for focusing the mind.
         
        04-07-2009, 07:28 PM
      #15
    Trained
    I never really lunge. I prefer to work out issues like that from the saddle, as that is where they manifest. But it's everyones personal opinion :]
         
        04-07-2009, 07:31 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    i lung before I ride
         
        04-07-2009, 07:50 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Completely depends. I think lunging has it's purpose and can do great things for certain horses in certain situations. I'm a supporter of it when it's "purposeful" lunging where you're making your horse think and obey commands (change gaits, change directions, lunge over things, etc). It can be a good training technique, particularly with a disrespectful or defiant horse. If a horse won't work with you on the ground it most likely won't work with you undersaddle. What I can't stand is when people get their horse out, throw them on a line, and run them ragged for a half an hour just to get them tired before they get on. Then the horse behaves because they're tired, not because they're trained properly. UGH, big pet peeve. Don't get me wrong, when the weather's nasty and the horses haven't been turned out in a week, yeah, I'm going to throw them in the round pen a bit and let them get their bucks out before I get on! But just making them tired is putting a band aid over the problem instead of fixing it. Also, like someone mentioned, lunging (particularly the 'running around' kind) can make certain hot horses even hotter so it's not for every horse. Remember too that it puts quite a bit of wear and tear into their joints. I'm only going to do it when I need to.
         
        04-07-2009, 07:54 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I always (unless she is being a complete spazz which isn't often then I make her do lots of circles and different patterns at a walk) start with a loose rein walk and end with a loose rein walk (which is a feat in itself considering when I first got her walk wasn't in her vocabulary lol)...I don't stall her but the pasture she is in I would call a slightly oversized paddock and I don't see her running around alot (she saves all her energy for our rides lol) but I ride her 4 to 5 days a week also recently I have have been doing as Vida has suggested and done flexing and yielding of the hindquarters before I ride (although not all the time..I should be more consistent with that)...I am starting to agree with you more and more on that point wild_spot although sometimes I am like I don't know if I have the energy for this lol I haven't talked to my instructor yet but what I have seen so far of her training methods I would say she would also agree with you :) ....horseoffire has lunging worked for you really well? Is your horse more laid back or "hot" ? Thanks everybody! Oh and I rode her today and didn't lunge her (it was really windy and everything) and she did so good! I can't believe how much she has calmed down!
         
        04-07-2009, 08:02 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Thanks upnover! I have also come to that conclusion to me when I said lunging in no way shape or form was it to run her ragged or wear her out before I got on her I was wondering if it was a good tool to get her mind on you and if it was a good tool (if used in the right way) then were there any drawbacks to that, like it is bad on their joints...I will probably just lunge her if I haven't ridden in awhile...I just started thing about it and I got basically the same result when I lunged her for 15 minutes at a walk/trot and when I did the flexing and the yielding so that is also something to think about I guess...
         
        04-07-2009, 08:04 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Thats great she is calming down :] she may just need some time to break old habits.
         

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