Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chula Vista, CA
I do not train professional reining horses....I do not train any horses but my own. However, I will say.....my horses stop on a dime...may not be a fancy rolling stop....but on a dime and they don't turn sideways, simply still like a statue and I teach them to face me during their lessons or any other time I am around them. They are to always wonder what question I am going to ask of them next and pay attention.
I don't lunge unless it is to teach something specific and it is controlled, not mindless circles in hopes they will tire for their ride. I find that comical since if you lunge before every ride, you are actually building their endurance and it will take longer to tire them out in the future. I believe in building the relationship so the horse looks to you as the herd leader no matter what the situation is.
If this is wrong, it works for me. My horses are very well mannered on the ground and under saddle. I have used this on horses with all different personalities and had the same results. So, how can I knock it?