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post #1 of 13 Old 12-23-2011, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Open Question to Trainers: Lunging

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Is it a huge pain in the neck to lunge your students for a lesson?
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-23-2011, 02:09 PM
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If the horse is well versed in lunging, I think it's a great way to start beginners or to establish a better seat.

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Depends what level they're at, and what the horse is like.

If the rider is a beginner, first few lessons of course I will do. Even the best horse needs a bit of help ;D

And to teach balance, or help with a new gait, yes. I do like to lunge, I don't think its any hassle at all...
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-24-2011, 01:25 AM
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Normally instead of lunging, I'll put people on the horse and turn them loose inside an arena. Then I'll chase the horse around with a plastic bag on the end of a stick while shouting "ONE REIN STOP!".
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Normally instead of lunging, I'll put people on the horse and turn them loose inside an arena. Then I'll chase the horse around with a plastic bag on the end of a stick while shouting "ONE REIN STOP!".

LOL I can imagine this, so so much xD

Good training idea mind you.. but you have to teach them the one rein stop first, surely... unless you let 'em figure it out themselves....?
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I always lunge beginners. I have found most people's brains get a little fried if you ask them to find their balance, feel the movement of the horse, start thinking about their position, AND stop and steer. My own horse is very professional on the lunge line, as were the school horses at the place I used to teach. Obviously you need such a horse, unless the first lesson you want to teach is sitting out a bronc.
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LOL I can imagine this, so so much xD

Good training idea mind you.. but you have to teach them the one rein stop first, surely... unless you let 'em figure it out themselves....?
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I teach little kids so I ALWAYS start them out on the lunge. They only get to be "set free" when they're confident stopping, starting, and turning (aka, they're not having to say "how do I do that again?" inside their heads anymore).
They go back on the lunge when new gaits are introduced and they stay on the lunge for those new gaits until they can confidently slow the horse down/stop on their own.

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Is it a huge pain in the neck to lunge your students for a lesson?
Not at all! I always start beginners on the lunge and do line work with my more advanced students as well and do bareback work, around the world, flying dismounts, etc.

My littlest students favorite game is a lunging game, but instead of a line we use toilet paper or party streamers. The goal is for them to "mummify" me and wrap the whole roll around me.
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Just make sure the horse in question behaves on the lunge :) it'll be great for your students though!
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