Lunging is not just having him run around in circles.. its about learning to communicate with him, getting to know his little bumps and triggers and he learns what you want whilst you learn how he needs to be asked for what you want.
I'm stuck doing a lot of groundwork with my mare and it works wonders for confidence, communication and being able to see what she does. When I'm on her and I feel changes I actually recognise them.
Due to a recovering broken wris all my riding is on a lunge line with my trainer for now and I am loving it. My trainer is a taskmaster though so there is no easy ride!
I really suggest you give it a go. When done properly its as vigorous as riding otherwise its easier on the horse than riding would be.
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