Originally Posted by horseluver2435 View Post
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.
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.