Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I would not lunge a yearling, and definitely not for anything as long as 15 minutes. If I had a very large round pen, I would round pen them, but their joints are developing and lunging can be hard on grown hoses joints, nevermind young horses. There are MANY conflicting opinions, but I am typically of the school that if there's even a doubt in my mind it could harm them, I just don't do it. At a year old, skittish and barely handled, there are TONS of things to do before lunging ever becomes necessary or even overly useful. I would advise some round pen work for a skittish youngster though, it works magic on bringing them around.
She's gorgeous! How tall were her parents? She looks like she'll come out around 14-15hh. My purebred Arab was around that size at a year and topped out at 14.3hh.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.