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post #51 of 60 Old 02-11-2010, 05:32 PM
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Mercedes - may I ask the point of these responses?
Sure, after you ask Alwaysbehind the point of his/her responses.
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post #52 of 60 Old 02-11-2010, 05:52 PM
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What I do, and based what I am reading is probably completely incorrect is free longing. I have my horse go through all the gaits in a circle around me (no roundpen - either in the arena or in the pasture). I'm not a NH person, but when we are done, I raise my hand and call him into the circle so he knows he's done.

I don't have a specific reason I call him into the circle, other than to attach the leadrope and continue on with whatever else I'm working on. Sounds like I would be better off to teach him to stop and have me go to him though.
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Thank you, Solon, for your input. I do that occasionally as well.

Everyone else- can we please cut the aditude? Otherwise, I might as well just PM a mod to close down the thread right now.
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It's kind of difficult to write the proper way to lunge in summary. I could write pages on the subject and then look back again and realized I forgot something or didn't word it right. Perhaps you could post a video of you lunging in the critique section and people could offer feedback?

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I do understand that. Thank you for responding in a kind, polite manner.
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post #56 of 60 Old 03-01-2012, 08:27 PM
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Basic lungeing means that you get your horse listening to your commands. Your whip acts as an extension of your arms. You use your voice to aid the horse and your whip to re-inforce. I don't mean whipping the horse everytime you ask something. Just hold it there so he knows it is there and you will use it lightly to teach him what you mean with your voice. You start in the middle of the circle. You ask your horse to walk on while you direct your hand holding the rope and point to the direction you want your horse to walk. At the same time you direct the whip to their behind. The horse moves from the whip. If you want him to go out wider on the circle point the whip to his shoulder. If you want him to speed up point it to his behind. Always at the same time aid the commands with your voice. Walk on, trot on, canter. Walk, Stand, Come In. I teach my horses stand so they know to stand still but stay out on the circle. Only when I say come in they walk towards me. Make sure you go up and down through the paces to get the horse listening and stabilised in his transitions and paces. He should be listeining to you the whole time. Make sure you finish with a relaxed walk where he is lowering his head. Then you know he's relaxed
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Everyone is taught differently and it seems like no one know whats right and whats wrong but I was taught when the horse turns and gives you two eyes its a sign of respect so I have always yielded the hindquarters and gotten two eyes, and then changed the direction of the lunge.

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Yes I can see why you would teach them to turn toward you as well. It was a dressage instructor that taught me to make them stand out there, only to teach them to stand square.
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Wow, blast from the past. This is a rather old thread, but thanks for commenting!
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