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post #1 of 31 Old 01-23-2012, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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do you feel weird when....

Your an intermediate rider and your trainer puts you and your horse on the lunge line for the entire lesson. Do you feel << like this when another rider and horse come down to the ring to ride?

When ever we have a lesson on the lunge line I feel like we have dropped down to beginner stuff all over again. :;sigh::

We were stuck on the lunge yesterday because the ring had snow and my horse kept getting snow balls...so we couldnt really go to far in the ring because it was mostly snow..

There were certain spots where I could ride though..


Do you feel that way on the lunge line?
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post #2 of 31 Old 01-23-2012, 06:12 PM
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Try not to think of it that way... think of it as it's just something to help you guys refresh. Don't get embarrassed, or think about what everyone else thinks while you're on your horse- just focus on what you two are doing and have fun! Worrying about being embarrassed is just don't to distract you and make you do something silly.... most of the time I ever "mess up" or ruin form is when I'm thinking about the people who are watching.
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post #3 of 31 Old 01-23-2012, 06:25 PM
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Lounge lessons are awesome! Were you "steering" or having a real lounge lessons?

Did you know that for the first two years at the Spanish Riding School the riders don't really ride at all? They get lounge lessons, lounge lessons, and more lounge lessons. It creates a super good seat and great skills(:
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Lounge lessons are awesome! Were you "steering" or having a real lounge lessons?

Did you know that for the first two years at the Spanish Riding School the riders don't really ride at all? They get lounge lessons, lounge lessons, and more lounge lessons. It creates a super good seat and great skills(:
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Only in America are longe lessons considered by many to be for beginners only.

One of dressage trainers ridden for spent several years in Germany and he said the same thing. Longe, longe, and longe some more.
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post #5 of 31 Old 01-23-2012, 06:42 PM
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well I don't do lessons but I helped with my friends mom teaching a little girl to ride in a movie, so she was on a lunge line. Well I had to show her how to canter. So I got on and had no sturrips and just a handful of mane and we cantered a bunch I had ot show the girl how to post,3 point, and other things. I liked it it helped a lot I think, I have been riding for 9-10 years and I use to w/t/c around her with no line but in a circle around her for an hour before I could go around the arena. Where I go to ride with my friend they own the place and theres only a handful of people tht come out but not often.
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post #6 of 31 Old 01-23-2012, 06:43 PM
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I beg my trainer for lunge line lessons! Better yourself and you become a lot nicer to work with in your horse's eyes. Plus it feels better, smoother, safer once you stop the pinching or tenseness or not using your seat bones or whatever the fix happens to be.
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post #7 of 31 Old 01-23-2012, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone :)

To Mudpie....it was both...i was steering to keep him out on the circle,and she had the inside rein of the lunge line.

We werent really working on anythng...we were just trotting around and around..

Tomorrow im having a lesson...so we will see how it goes.
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post #8 of 31 Old 01-23-2012, 08:15 PM
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I wish I had an instructor would give me lunge line lessons. They do wonders for helping you actually work instead of cheating by depending on reins.

Standing while being lunged at a trot on a DW was one of the hardest things I had done on horseback in a while. So bouncy. =P
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post #9 of 31 Old 01-23-2012, 08:25 PM
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My current instructor/coach has never put me on the lunge line. An instructor I had used for a 5 years, always put me on the lunge line. I didn't care, as long as I was riding & improving.
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post #10 of 31 Old 01-24-2012, 07:08 PM
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Just the opposite. I wish I had someone to do them with me. Luckily my horse is a saint and will trot around the outside of the ring all day while I flop around up there trying to find my center.
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