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post #1 of 14 Old 10-13-2010, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Longe with or without tack?

Just curious ... When you longe before riding, do you longe with the tack on then just hop on or do you longe then tack up?
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-13-2010, 11:25 PM
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I lunge with the tack on... Dont really know why!
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-13-2010, 11:37 PM
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lunge with the tack on if I plan to ride right after lunging because that way she's all ready to ride. If i'm not riding just lunging i'll use a surcingle, so much easier.
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-13-2010, 11:40 PM
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If you are going to be riding, you might as well just throw the tack on. That way you dont have to go back into the barn to do it and it would save time. It just makes more sense timewise.

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post #5 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 02:26 AM
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I would just longe with tack on if i was planning to ride after as as the other people said, it makes more sense time wise...

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post #6 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 06:41 AM
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If I gonna ride I always lunge with tack. Because I use neighbor's ring and it's too hard to drag all equipment there. So I tack up the horse and then we go there.

When I work just on ground (starting them after long break) I lunge without the tack.
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 07:25 AM
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I lunge with tack on, but I remove stirrup leathers and reins, I also always use side reins and a lunge cavesson when lunging
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 01:46 PM
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Lunge with the tack on. I do this even if I'm not going to ride (haven't bought a circingle yet). I made a little strap with a clip on each end (you can buy these already made) and I clip each end to a stirrup, it crossed over the saddle. You can twist up the reins and run the neck strip through to keep them out of the way. I lunge just on the line, then add the side reins and lunge with that. The side reins can go from bit to girth buckle, that gives me somewhere to clip the side reins. This is just to remind my new horse to give to bit pressure because she's green. Then I let the stirrups down and run a long line from each, through each stirrup and one goes around behind her rear for ground driving. The saddle helps me to have somewhere to attach these items during warm-up. Then when I want to ride, I just tighten the girth and get on. Easier than going back to the barn to tack up.
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-14-2010, 10:48 PM
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It depends on how I feel that day...really! Sometimes I just tack her up and do some ground work, get on and go. Other days I will do a bit of groundwork, saddle up, play around on the ground some more, and then ride. Some days all I do is ground work, like today after work I snuck out to the barn before it got dark, and did some simple stuff just to get her worked a bit.

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post #10 of 14 Old 10-15-2010, 12:14 AM
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Originally Posted by mom2pride View Post
Some days all I do is ground work, like today after work I snuck out to the barn before it got dark, and did some simple stuff just to get her worked a bit.
....and this would be why I need to get a circincle!
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