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  • Proper way to lunge a high energy horse
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    02-10-2010, 02:56 PM
  #21
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Mercedes    
W/O additional input they have no idea there's more available to them. You can only do what you know. Don't you want to know more? Or are you content to live in a tiny box? (Rhetorical questions...hopefully)
I agree.
     
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    02-10-2010, 03:26 PM
  #22
Yearling
Mercedes: As much as I love a good debate, what you continue to bring up insn't helpful. It isn't helping me figure out how to lunge my horse, and it's making others upset.
I'm not telling you to stop. I'm just letting you know my take on it.

Thanks to everyone else. What I'm attempting to do is blow off some steam from my horse before I get on, otherwise she gets prancy and will do nothing but canter. I'm sorry if that's not what lunging is 'really' about- but it's what I need it for. I suppose I should specify on how I lunge. I have the lunge line clipped to Rainy's halter. I make her move out away from me, keeping myself pointed at her hip, since that's what I've been taught to do. I do whatever I can to keep her moving at the pace I'd like her to go- walk, trot or canter- and then, when I think we've done enough and she's ready to either cool down (if I'm not riding) or begin under saddle (if I am), I let her stop, and then either she'll come towards me or I'll walk towards her. I'm only doing this at home, not at shows. I was just curious. :)
     
    02-10-2010, 03:27 PM
  #23
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I think a tiny box is better expressed by saying people that think only their way is right and every one else is very wrong!

I agree with the poster that suggested the OP discuss this with their instructor/trainer and go from there. I personally think it is great that you asked. I also think (from what you just posted) you have a good basic knowledge.

Yes, there are wrong ways to lunge but I highly doubt you are doing anything seriously wrong. No matter how difficult and advanced some people want to make it sound, it like everything else, is something you start some where and move on to learn more on. And hopefully when you get to the point where you are an expert you will not look down your nose at the others who either do it slightly differently or are not as proficient.
     
    02-10-2010, 03:39 PM
  #24
Foal
*Holds hands up in surrender*
     
    02-10-2010, 03:48 PM
  #25
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Originally Posted by horseluver2435    
Mercedes: As much as I love a good debate, what you continue to bring up insn't helpful. It isn't helping me figure out how to lunge my horse, and it's making others upset.
I'm not telling you to stop. I'm just letting you know my take on it.
It may not have been helpful to you, but I don't think you would condemn the learning process of others, even though this is 'your' thread. Would you?

I haven't a clue why anyone would be upset. I'm not and I'm the one being categorized via a host of all sorts of adjectives that have a general negative connotation.

No one here has any say about how I feel at any given moment. Why other people give others the power to affect them is their issue, not mine. I've called no one any names and I've not addressed anyone with intent to harm.

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Thanks to everyone else. What I'm attempting to do is blow off some steam from my horse before I get on, otherwise she gets prancy and will do nothing but canter. I'm sorry if that's not what lunging is 'really' about- but it's what I need it for. I suppose I should specify on how I lunge. I have the lunge line clipped to Rainy's halter. I make her move out away from me, keeping myself pointed at her hip, since that's what I've been taught to do. I do whatever I can to keep her moving at the pace I'd like her to go- walk, trot or canter- and then, when I think we've done enough and she's ready to either cool down (if I'm not riding) or begin under saddle (if I am), I let her stop, and then either she'll come towards me or I'll walk towards her. I'm only doing this at home, not at shows. I was just curious. :)
This is probably not helpful either... (that's a joke)...but how about more turnout? Or turning her out to have a run and stretch before saddling?

It's counter-productive (not to mention has to be frustrating for both of you) to struggle trying to keep her at the pace you want, when the purpose is simply to let her release some steam.

Once she's blown herself out, THEN put her on the longe line and begin the process of teaching her how to use her body more efficiently and effectively? Then longeing becomes meaningful and a way to progress both her and your training.
     
    02-10-2010, 03:50 PM
  #26
Trained
The horse shouldn't turn towards you. And yes, picking up Klimke's book about lunging would be a great idea. There are a lot of really good books out by many Klimkes! I would recommend all of the ones I have read.
Anyways. The reason that you don't want your horse to turn into you, even to change directions, is because when you are lunging for something beyond exercise, you are most likely going to have side-reins or something that need to be adjusted. When the horse turns into you and you try to walk up the whole thig just gets really complicated, trying to get to the side of the horse and he just swings his butt around, etc.. You really just want to train the horse to stand quietly unless asked to move.
Also when lunging a big thing to remember is the triangle! Just google "lunging triangle" and I'm sure it will come up.

Anyways, read books, talk to your instructor and good luck!!
Ground work and lunging is an art and when done properly you can work the horse more correctly than under saddle! It is a great tool.
     
    02-10-2010, 03:50 PM
  #27
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Originally Posted by JadedEyes    
*Holds hands up in surrender*
I don't see the white flag? Is there a white flag in your hand? Wave it so I can see it clearly.
     
    02-10-2010, 04:19 PM
  #28
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Originally Posted by horseluver2435    
Thanks to everyone else. What I'm attempting to do is blow off some steam from my horse before I get on, otherwise she gets prancy and will do nothing but canter. I'm sorry if that's not what lunging is 'really' about- but it's what I need it for. I suppose I should specify on how I lunge. I have the lunge line clipped to Rainy's halter. I make her move out away from me, keeping myself pointed at her hip, since that's what I've been taught to do. I do whatever I can to keep her moving at the pace I'd like her to go- walk, trot or canter- and then, when I think we've done enough and she's ready to either cool down (if I'm not riding) or begin under saddle (if I am), I let her stop, and then either she'll come towards me or I'll walk towards her. I'm only doing this at home, not at shows. I was just curious. :)
For your purposes, I'd really recommend doing more transitions within your lunging, lots of stops, gait transition, and changes of direction. As you demonstrate to Rainy that you can control her feet, she'll likely start understanding that you can control her feet from the saddle (as long as you are similarly decisive up there ). I'm not at all discounting the value of classical lunging, but by your post you aren't worried about building perfect frame and carriage, you're gaining control on the ground before you mount. Running her in endless circles won't engage her mind, but it will build her muscle and wind, making those "burn off" sessions last longer and longer as she gets fitter. More "eventful" circles will get her thinking about you and what you're asking, rather than blowing off enough excess energy to get on comfortably. When you no longer need burnoff time, do look into classical lunging. It's fascinating stuff, even if you choose not to apply it.

I also agree 100% with Mercedes on adjusting her turnout, as well as her feed. High-energy feed for a horse who doesn't need the carbs will boil over as spazz attacks.
     
    02-10-2010, 04:19 PM
  #29
Yearling
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Originally Posted by JadedEyes    
WOW! Ok, well we have two differences of opinion and let's just leave it at! No need for bickering back and forth about who's wrong and who's right. To each their own, everyone has a different agenda for lunging.

I know when I lunge, it is all about the bonding for me. My horse is still too young to really understand the whole bending on a circle. It's all about him trusting me. It took time for him to even stay out on the circle. He would always walk in towards me.

I am not looking for this perfect horse, who will be in the Olympics. Just perfect for me!

You've spoken it perfectly. My horses aren't much to anyone else, but they do what I ask, how I ask it. And I guess whatever I'm doing, I'm doing it right because I got compliments on her training from the last judge I was in front of.
     
    02-10-2010, 07:02 PM
  #30
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
^^ I have my horse turn in too, & its not just a 'NH thing' [sorry I know a lot of people who don't do or know 'NH' that have their horse turn in]

I don't see how that is incorrect at all, just a preference. My mare knows when its ok to walk in [i have a signal for it] & unless I tell her she doesnt.

And I cringe every time I see it.

I value my life a bit more and dangerous acts like this would never be taught by me.

PM me from the hospital when your horse approaches you and gets spooked, tramples you and runs off.

And don't EVER say it would not happen.
     

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