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    10-27-2011, 04:04 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
I actually agree with your nemesis. Exhausting a horse does absolutely nothing. It certainly isn't disciplinary, it solves no training problems, and it definitely doesn't make a horse less likely to act out or be dangerous under saddle.

Oh, I'm t talking about exhausting a horse at all! I'm talking about excercising a horse, I find lunge work can be quite strenuous for horse and lunger as it requires you to ride from the ground so to speak. Its a good way to see your horse move from the ground, teaching your horse respect from the ground and also, if you have a hangover, you don't feel so ill from sitting trot. When you're spinning too fast, stop and close your eyes!

It depends how you lunge, if you lunge as working, then your horse has to listen and you can get a lot of respect from them, so I believe it does make them less dangerous. If you tie a piece of rope to them, and let them run in circles, its pointless.

It did help one training problem with mine. Walking. We had a few transition problems from trot to walk under saddle (but really mum, I want to carry on trotting I can do it so prettily!) and lunging her with vocal commands helped that and also with teaching her canter under saddle. Used correctly, lunging is a great tool, but I'm going off topic.

This is about us being cruel by sweating.
     
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    10-27-2011, 04:05 PM
  #12
Started
I just read this and I would be fuming as well. Some ppl just don't understand or get things sometimes. If you were to be abusing duffy then I am abusing my horse denny almost everytime we workout. I guess our 5-10 mile trot/run with him on lead next to me is abusive since he gets sweaty during our conditioning season in the spring and I am usually just as sweaty next to him. I guess I should turn myself in ;)
Head up though because you know the difference between going to far and going just enough like most if not all of us here
     
    10-27-2011, 04:38 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Kait18 I can't believe you get to run with your horse, that's awesome!! What do you take her out in, a regular headcollar, or a knotted one?? Lemme know

Now the conversation on the other forum is ridiculous, anything above hacking is bad for a horse and spurs are awful and blah. I'm not even going to post it. Unless you want me too HAHA!
     
    10-27-2011, 05:16 PM
  #14
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Haha go ahead I don't mind :)
But yea simple head collar and lead. I use a nylon head collar bc I think its a bit more control then a rope and I use a short 3-5 foot lead. Short so I don't trip on it :)
Haha I started doing it when my dog was to old to run with me. Thought maybe this would be a good partner. It helped build his confidence and now its just routine lol but a great partner he is.
     
    10-27-2011, 06:05 PM
  #15
Yearling
Thats so awsome you run with your horse!! My horse just speed walks next to me when I try to run with him! Haha

Wow this other forum sounds extreamly intresting and very knowlegable! (sarcasim...if you didnt guess lol)
     
    10-27-2011, 06:09 PM
  #16
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Ahaha AngieLee my guy used to speed walk. But then I got into better shape and ran faster so it forced him to trot and now he will automatically go into the trot when I run :) but he knows when our time is up for running...lol he is pig headed sometimes and at certain spots would stop so I had to change where I stopped lol..to smart for his own good :) I hope you still try and run with him - I think its the best
     
    10-27-2011, 06:17 PM
  #17
Green Broke
LOL AngieLee, it is and it isn't, there are some lovely, lovely people on there but this woman follows me round and picks through my posts. So I got a bit childish to be fair ah! But it released the inner child within and made me feel tres happy! When my laptop isn't sooo slooowww (this is taking foreverr to write) I will post more on And then someone got the wrong end of the stick and thought I meant them so it went a bit tits up to be fair oops!
     
    10-27-2011, 06:42 PM
  #18
Trained
Dear me Duffy, the old lunging debate, what have you gotten yourself into :P
Well, while you're in trouble - do you want to tell them that I will not lunge any horse that is going under saddle, without side reins or a pessoa system? And to cap that off, some days I will only lunge or long rein, not ride, and the horse will lather between the legs, under the bridle and under the roller.

Those poor horses that gallop themselves silly in the paddock and come back lathered in sweat - cruel to themselves?? And when I go running, I don't consider it worth while unless I break a good sweat... pretty harsh on myself?

To be honest, my opinion on lunging is that if you're going to lunge, you need to do it for a purpose, NOT to just burn off some energy before you get on. I lunge to get my horse's back swinginng, to get the hind legs working and to improve connection through the bridle. They always get walked out with no contact after the session until their heart rate is back to normal and they are no longer sweating.
I think sticking a horse on the end of a rope attached to a halter and spinning them around a young yard with no sense of bend, balance etc. is a heck of a lot 'crueler' than lunging with a purpose and getting a bit of a sweat up.
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    10-27-2011, 06:49 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Shall I tell you a secret before my laptop dies? Duffy broke my instructors side reins when I borrowed them for lunging, and pinged a ring off my lunge girth, which cost a fortuneeee so I got my farrier to fix it in a jiffy ;D and beasted her to show her THIS IS WORK BABY. No, really, I took a lot of lessons in lunging, an love to practise it if I'm too lazy to ride, its a great way to build up horses, and bring horses back in to work after long periods of time off!
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    10-27-2011, 06:54 PM
  #20
Weanling
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Besides, if it is a mare, she doesn't sweat. She perspires. There is nothing mean about perspiring.
My mom always says that "Horses sweat, men perspire & women glow" hehe

(Oh and I lunge until my young horse tells me she's mentally ready to ride, ie she stops bucking and throwing a fit. If she's lathered in sweat when we are done, well that's that, but it's not abuse. Period.)
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