Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Thanks for posting. This is PRECISELY why I stopped visiting one horse forum. EVERYBODY there was an expert and they liked to misinterpret, as in your case. I agree, lunging SHOULD be work. Sadly, I am new to it bc my horses in the past came to be broken in, and I did enough "ground work" while directly them in lessons, walking around in the middle of the arena. Too bad that these folks don't realize that working into a sweat both releases endophins in the horse (as it does in people) and relaxes them, and these two things are pleasurable to the horse. Also, I hope that these folks stick to horses and not have any more petulant, spoiled or bullied children to thrust onto society. I guess you needed to post some pictures of just how sweaty and nervous (not!) your horses are when you lunge them into a sweat, along with a sworn, affidavit assuring them that you are not a horse abuser.
C'mon--every horse is different, every workout is geared to the present condition or training of said horse--that's why WE are in charge, and not the horse. The horse would just develop a happy routine and never want to change it!!
Glad to know that you know how to lunge for results. I will REMEMBER this, so I know of another expert to ask as I hit snags in my lunging training with my 5 yo's!
Last edited by Corporal; 10-27-2011 at 11:34 AM.