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post #11 of 13 Old 12-24-2011, 04:45 PM
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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.

What a cute idea! And very useful. If you don't mind, I might like to try that idea with a few of my little guys.

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post #12 of 13 Old 12-26-2011, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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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.
That sounds so cute! And a great idea.

I asked this question because I think EVERYONE needs to go on the lunge line once in a while but I only see beginners getting lunged and I'm not sure why. =\. I would love to get lunged once a month.
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I always do the first 10hrs of lessons on the lunge, initially because the rider feels far more confident whenthey know that you have control of the horse. The rider can also work on their balance and understanding of how the horse is going to move them if they don't have to worry about control and stearing.

By the end of the ten lessons I have the rider happily rising to the trot, sitting and cantering without stirrups - I don't use stirrups when teaching canter! With no stirrups the rider is far better able to sit and feel the movement of canter and after 40+ years of teaching I haven't yet lost one!

I like my riders to learn to sit still first then apply the aids and then to be able to ride the lazy hard work horses. My school horses are free moving and obedient off the leg.
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