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post #31 of 33 Old 11-01-2011, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Completely agree Corporal!
However, if Duffy has had a day off, I think- lunge first, warm her up, relax her, let her go a bit more forward and get her listening to me. If she decides to have a buck and a fart before I put the saddle on and ride I'd rather she did it on the lunge ;)

How utterly ridiculous to think a horse shouldn't sweat. I appreciate everyone enjoys different things in the horseworld, however I truly want to get in to it as a sport... sweating is second nature! Glad I have a horse walker on my yard so I can go upstairs and have a cuppa!!

If you know how to lunge properly the benefits are amazing, if you want your horse to run around in circles, well... your choice :S
I will admit, if my horse is being a muppet, I send them forwards, and forwards until they get it out of their system... but under saddle too ;)
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post #32 of 33 Old 11-04-2011, 07:33 PM
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I will lunge a horse to get their mind centered before their first few rides under saddle (and just to make sure that they aren't planning to turn into a bronc just because the saddle is up there LOL). After that, I very seldom lunge a horse unless they've gone without being ridden for a few weeks and I know they are severely cold backed.

And, if a person who makes a horse sweat is abusive, then I must be the devil incarnate as most of my horses end up rather sweaty after every ride, some of them end up dripping with sweat.

This filly was a perfect example, she had a temperament that was horrendous and you had to keep her literally melted down every day just to keep her rideable. Give her 3 days off and she would turn into a bucking, spooking mess. (and, yep, that is a ton of dried sweat all over her)
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post #33 of 33 Old 11-07-2011, 11:49 AM
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I once owned a 2 Eyed Jack gelding that hated being lunged so much you never needed to put a line on him...he would lope circles, trot, jog, walk around me like he was on a lunge line no matter where he was. Guess he never figured out it was cruel to be lunged.....and sweat too!! and the funny thing is, he never really needed to be worked before a ride...he just liked to show off I think. :)
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