Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I was taught to have a horse back up a couple of steps after a stop. I was told it improved their stop and also encouraged them to square their feet at a halt. The 3 horses I've worked in a round pen did NOT connect turning to look at me in a pen with turning anywhere when stopped under saddle. Or if they did, backing up 2 steps was enough to cure them of it before I even noticed.
That said, I don't normally lunge my horses. They all did lunging during their training, but that was for weeks, not months or years.
I'll add as a novice myself, it helps to remember what people in a given sport have as their goals when using their training tips. I want my horse thinking ahead. That is part of what got me interested in riding horses. But even I want them to anticipate the helpful things...not anything.
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."
Last edited by bsms; 08-21-2012 at 10:03 PM.