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        02-11-2010, 11:21 AM
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    Originally Posted by Mercedes    
    Did you miss reading comprehension class?
    No more so than you, thank you.




    I read the OPs original post just fine. Where she asks for input on learning to lunge. And we suggested she ask her trainer for advice.

    Pretty good comprehension skills actually.

    I can totally comprehend all the attitude you are pushing on us. I can also totally see how inverted the horse in your avatar is while you canter it.


    And for the record. I agree that there are finer attributes to lunging that most of us (general us) do not aspire to and most certainly do not achieve. As most of us (again, general us) do not use lunging as a serious training and strengthening exercise. Lunging like every other aspect of life has many ways to do be successful. Though different than yours (general yours) they are not necessarily wrong.

    I am of the crowd that prefers my horse to stop out on the circle and I approach them. But I am certainly not going to look down at my nose at those who are being safe and doing it differently.
         
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        02-11-2010, 11:33 AM
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    Originally Posted by Mercedes    
    I do not always advise people to get books, HOWEVER, for most people on this board (seeing as they find it impossible to communicate their questions and thoughts to their instructors and trainers, and/or find it impossible to acquire a mentor), a book, written by a riding master with illustrations is a FAR BETTER resource than taking the advice of nameless, faceless strangers, none of whom have seen the interaction of posters and their horses, and most of whom haven't got a clue what they are doing.

    There is no such thing as too much information in this regard. One can not make an informed decision based on a handful of tidbits. The amount of information being dispensed here (in general) is just enough to get people hurt.

    As someone that also recommends books and other resources I agree that often the person asking the question lacks so much foundation that advice given on a thread is just enough to get them hurt. It's sad to me that many of the people on here like to post questions but lack the follow through to take advice that would answer future questions without the need of the forum. I have often given [peopl;e the advice to get the horses hindquarters loosened up and work on vertical and lateral flexion. I know many of the people that I advised to do this didn't do it because they post another question about a problem that would not have occured had they taken the first advice.

    There is always a right way and a wrong way to do anything. I would hope that nobody would be happy with doing something wrong just because it is convenient or easy. I would hope that you would want to do everything you do the best way there is. If your purpose in lungeing is to get some energy off your horse I think your missing an opportunity for riding your horse when it's full of energy and life. I rarely lunge a horse and yet I see the reasoning behind what spyder and mercedes are saying and I will try to pick up the Klimke book that was recommended just to broaden my knowledge.
         
        02-11-2010, 01:19 PM
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    Oookay. Wow. Um. Thanks for all the advice, I'm certainly considering looking at my library for the Klimke book, and I'll talk to my instructor as well. Thanks guys.
         
        02-11-2010, 01:38 PM
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    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    There is always a right way and a wrong way to do anything.
    Including being rude to fellow posters because a person does not agree with them. Not pointing fingers at anyone in particular . . .

    As was noted - there are different objectives to working a horse on a line. While reading a book or watching a DVD is good to gain knowledge, working with someone who can actually complete the task at hand is a more direct way to accomplish the goal.
         
        02-11-2010, 01:45 PM
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    Originally Posted by mls    
    working with someone who can actually complete the task at hand is a more direct way to accomplish the goal.
    Only if they do it correctly. Even if the end result looks right sometimes things are missing if it has not been done in the proper way.
         
        02-11-2010, 04:25 PM
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    Originally Posted by mls    
    Not pointing fingers at anyone in particular . . .
    Sure you are, but whatever.

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    As was noted - there are different objectives to working a horse on a line. While reading a book or watching a DVD is good to gain knowledge, working with someone who can actually complete the task at hand is a more direct way to accomplish the goal.
    Agreed, EXCEPT...what Kevin said. The person you're learning from actually needs to know what they are doing as well. Someone trying to learn has very little way of knowing if the person teaching them is teaching them 'right'.

    That's why a 'combination' of resources is best. Again, this is where a book/video from a riding master; DeKunffy, Podhajsky, Klimke, Kottas, Hempfling, Dorrance, Whitney, et al... can guide someone onto the correct path and thus help them identify a skilled mentor.

    Then the skilled mentor can provide the person learning with the final key by observing, commenting and guiding the relationship between student and horse.

    It is the fact that so many, who have instructors/trainers, are coming to these boards asking the most basic questions, that is most disturbing.

    Where has all the horsemanship gone?
         
        02-11-2010, 04:26 PM
      #47
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    Originally Posted by Mercedes    
    Where has all the horsemanship gone?
    Good question.
         
        02-11-2010, 04:36 PM
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    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    

    I read the OPs original post just fine. Where she asks for input on learning to lunge. And we suggested she ask her trainer for advice.

    Pretty good comprehension skills actually.
    Bravo! Completely missed the point, yet again. At least you are consistent.

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    I can totally comprehend all the attitude you are pushing on us.
    Well, of course you can. It requires attitude to recognize attitude. How observant of you to see yourself reflected back.

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    I can also totally see how inverted the horse in your avatar is while you canter it.
    Wow! You really should become a rocket scientist. You're a genius.
         
        02-11-2010, 05:09 PM
      #49
    mls
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    Originally Posted by Mercedes    
    Bravo! Completely missed the point, yet again. At least you are consistent.



    Well, of course you can. It requires attitude to recognize attitude. How observant of you to see yourself reflected back.

    Wow! You really should become a rocket scientist. You're a genius.

    Mercedes - may I ask the point of these responses?
         
        02-11-2010, 05:12 PM
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    Originally Posted by Mercedes    
    You're a genius.
    Nope, sorry. My IQ is not half bad but not quite that high.
         

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