Originally Posted by nrhareiner
This would be my come back to that. I do not want my horse to turn to face me when I ask for the whoa in a lunge line b/c I do not want them to turn when I ask them to stop when I am on their back. This teaches a horse to stop crucket and that is the last thing I want. You train for what you want the horse to do next.
Exactly this. This is the monster I've been battling out of Sky for a year now. We finally get somewhere and then someone lets him get away with the "turn and look adorable" move and it becomes a huge problem again.
Now my little rant: If you're going to lunge, do it properly ALL the way to the end. Less is more, but quality factors in! Less done WELL is better than lots done poorly. Every time!
I lunge but I also do groundwork and I also hang out with my horse and I also ride. These activities are done in a balanced fashion. One thing cannot outweigh the others for us or it becomes mundane. Too much riding working too hard (for us) and too much downtime and we aren't working enough.
But it depends HOW you lunge. In small areas, definitely keep sessions shorter due to stress on joints. In large areas, be sure you can effectively communicate with your horse or they'll be running about headless.