I was hoping some of ya'll may be able to shed some light on an issue I have.
I never lunge my TWH before riding him. I have been told by several walking horse folks that it can have a negative effects on their gaits. Is there any truth to this, in anyone's experience? Do any of you gaited horse owners lunge yours?
I know lunging is useful both to build muscle and increase fitness, as well as to establish a leadership role. There are times that he gets antsy, fidgets, and tries to turn back to the pasture, wanting to eat and socialize rather than work. If he tries to turn back towards home, I make him do tight circles as correction, and then point him back in my desired direction. Would lunging help curb this tendency, as he "gets some of his willies out" before we mount up? He's never violent when he decides to turn around, but at the beginning of our rides I have to correct him several times. A bit tedious. Any suggestions and/or insight would be much appreciated!