Downward and Forward Transitions on Lunge Line When You Ask For Them - The Horse Forum
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Question Downward and Forward Transitions on Lunge Line When You Ask For Them

I know how to lunge but everytime I ask a new horse to halt on the lunge line it takes several sessions of practice for them to understand my cue for halting. Its hard to get them to halt without them thinking its okay to walk towards me once they've halted (or they reverse). How do I get them to just stand still? I know getting behind the motion is asking for a reverse but if you stop moving and then step in front of their movement shouldn't that be an obvious cue to halt? I tried saying "ho" in a loud masculine voice but the horse seems unsure and only after yanking on the rope several times does he stop and then he usually turns towards me or reverses but I have gotten him to just stand for about 10seconds and then I ask him to walk-on or trot. If he moves before that I try to correct him but I feel like he doesn't know I want him to halt. The horse Im lunging now will do walk, trot and canter on a 20meter circle from a downward or upward transition but when I ask for halt he gets nervous. He is very nervous the whole time I lunge him. I have only lunged him twice so far and the first time he didn't know any cues. He's not young and use to pull a wagon so I know he's not new to this, its just me making him nervous I guess. I didn't need the whip after our first session. I don't think he was beaten with the whip since he let me touch his shoulder with it (to ask him to move away from me) but he's definately eye balling the whip when I have it in my hand so I know he is responsive for a belgian draft horse.

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If you ask for halt, then you only reward him when he halts.

So, if you ask for halt, give him two or three steps to find a halt, and he doesnt' do it, you give the line a wiggle, then a sharp but short snap. When he halts, stop the correction. If he turns toward you, correct immeditately. after a bit he may get the idea to just halt and not turn, if you are very quick to correct him when he starts to turn in. It may have to get sharper and uglier a time or two to get him sharper, though.
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Clinton Anderson's Lunging for Respect uses YOUR body language to push forward and to halt. Might help him to understand what you want.

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