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post #1 of 8 Old 09-01-2011, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Scary "oops" moment on the lunge

When I lunge, I usually am fine with a buck/jump or two out of joy to be working at first, but after that, we get to business and I don't appreciate horseplay (no pun intended). Today, instead of lungeing in the round pen, I lunged Molly on a line in the yard. She was really feeling her oats (or grain and beet pulp, rather), but went right into a canter when I asked. When I asked for a canter the second way, however, she twisted her body so that her neck was facing outward of the circle and bucked, tail in the air, with her butt to the inside. The lunge line went under her tailbone, and she clamped her tail down and took off. I managed to keep her in a circle and jiggled the line to free it, but it definitely freaked both of us out. I lunged her for a few more minutes both ways, making sure I got clean canter departures both ways, then cooled her down and hand-grazed her.

Crazy, huh? Has anyone else had this happen?
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-01-2011, 05:29 PM
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wow O_o that doesn't happen often! I've had horses crowhop and get it stuck under their bellies, between their legs, over their necks, and even around their muzzle- but never under the tail! That must of been scary! Glad to hear you're both fine =]

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Yea! I've had it under the tail before, yOud think you had lit a firecracker in there the way they react! Scary moment I agree!
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I had that happen when I was lunging my friend's arab mare. She spooked at something and bucked at me, thinking I was the cause of her spook. As soon as she felt the lunge line touch her butt below her tail, she clamped her tail down and bolted. Tore the crap out of my fingers (I wasn't wearing gloves), but as soon as she felt my serious resistance on the line, she came running back to me and "hid" behind me (weird mare...had a severe injury when a post went through her poll and it caused some neurological issues).
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Yes, they are just playing and being rembunctious. Id a horse spun on me, I'd get in there path and get to to either stop or I'd let go of the line and make them turn the way they were going before and get back to work. They're just trying to get their own way and you can't let them do that because they will be like that under saddle for you "hey let's go this way" Horse: RWARRRRR I WANT TO GO THIS WAY *bucks and spins and takes off*

Just get the horse back to work.. then when they are focused and calm, slow them down, ask them for a few strides of walk, then ho...pick up the line, wind it up, bring them into the middle.. and start over :)
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It was interesting. I think it surprised her more than it did me! I do not think the buck was meant as aggressive; just her feeling her oats and letting her energy out. It's been a few days since I've worked her.
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Gotta Love Lunging Adventures

When I was teaching my last horse to drive that was something I had to work with her on. Getting used to the sensation of an object back there for the day she'd be in harness with a crupper.

We were encouraged to desensitize all our colts to that along with other sacking out exercises cause you just never know what's coming up next.

So my advice is to do it again when you're prepared and the situation is more controlled. Until it's no biggie!
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-02-2011, 09:50 PM
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Always remember, if worse comes to worse LET GO of the line. Only if you have to, but you can if you must.

Glad you and she were not hurt. more adventures with equines!
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