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    04-07-2009, 09:11 PM
  #21
Foal
Thanks! I think so to but I am always on the lookout for new things to try hence the question on lunging :) to me she is the most amazing thing ever!
     
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    04-07-2009, 09:12 PM
  #22
Showing
It depends on the horse- some do better if lunged, to get some excess energy off. But I wouldn't really lunge a hot-headed horse...they might just need some more training & stuff. :)
But sometimes lunging is good, even for a warm-up.
     
    04-07-2009, 09:18 PM
  #23
Foal
Thanks! :) I am thinking in Lucy's case it will do just as well without the lunging so we will continue on without it, unless I think it would be dangerous to get on without letting her get rid of some energy ^.^
     
    04-07-2009, 09:23 PM
  #24
Weanling
Ive heard that it is good cause it helps the saddle sit proply on their back before you put weight in it. However, I only lunge a horse if they are bloating their belly while your doing up the girth. Lunging them stops them from bloating so you can do up the girth proply so it doesnt slip when you get on or when your riding.
     
    04-07-2009, 09:27 PM
  #25
Weanling
i do because my horse has been stalled in the winter more because it has been raining and cold outside
     
    04-07-2009, 09:34 PM
  #26
Foal
Well she is definitely a bloater lol but for that I just tack up at the barn walk her down to the arena check the girth get on walk to warm her up and check the girth again

Aahh that stinks I was so excited when the sun come out and the weather cleared up for 2 days..then it went back to being gross again..
     
    04-07-2009, 09:55 PM
  #27
Weanling
Oh I hate when they blot
     
    04-07-2009, 10:15 PM
  #28
Foal
Lol me too...I didn't even realized she bloated until my instructor was like I can see sky between her stomache and the girth (I hadn't checked it after we walked which was stupid of me) and I was like oops
     
    04-08-2009, 01:04 AM
  #29
Weanling
I believe lunging for the first ten minutes should be warm up / finishing off some extra energy. Then the last half should be a sort of join up (trying to get horse horse's mind on you and not what else is going on around him or her). By this I mean polishing ground work on the lunge line. For instance like asking from a walk to a trot shouldn't take more then five steps to get into it, and a canter to a stop (if your horse can do it).

This method works great for my horse, and I know it works wonders before going on a trail ride and stuff.
     
    04-08-2009, 09:15 PM
  #30
Foal
I might try that with a mare I am about to start working with (but I am to heavy to ride her so I am just going to do groundwork and get her in shape) also with the ground poles and stuff ...also I have another question if you start lunging before riding all the time is it possible to ride your horse without lunging him/her? Or do they get so used to it that they can't concentrate unless you have lunged them (not trying to be rude just curious ^.^) Thanks!
     

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