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    03-05-2012, 09:26 PM

My friend has been recently having a problem with lunging her mare. She says she starts out fine, but then when she asks for a canter she starts pulling so hard that she pulls the lunge line right out of her hand. I guess she had done this a few times now and she says now after she pulls it out she doesn't want to be caught right away. She is quickly growing tired of this behavior and wants to know what she is doing wrong or how she can correct it. She started waiting until no one else is in the indoor to work with her because she is embaressed about it and doesn't want her horse acting up when someone else is in there. The only thing I can think could be done is tying the line throught the halter and then clipping it so you have more leverage, but I would think there has to be something better. You can't out muscle her. Any ideas out there?
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    03-05-2012, 09:42 PM
Casey used to do that. I lunged her in her snaffle bridle a couple times, with a converter strap -
Poly Web Lunge Line Converter - Horse Tack - LuckyPony.com

And now she is great. Never lunge in a tomb thumb or any shank bits, best bit is a snaffle, you can get away with using a kimberwicke though. Just make sure your friend knows to be very gentle and don't do it on a routine.

Or, tell your friend to go out and buy a rope halter (or make one). They have a bit more leverage than a regular flat halter... When Casey was learning how to lunge and was being very naughty my instructor used some sort of headstall that looked like a bosal- but instead of reins, a lunge line tied on it..
    03-05-2012, 11:05 PM
Thanks for the info. I hope it helps her problem!

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