09-30-2010, 09:37 AM
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This is difficult to answer. Are you long lining, ground driving, working in hand? Are you doing it to teach them to steer? To learn to carry themselves in correct frame before starting undersaddle training? Are you starting to teach them to drive? There are so many ways to "long line" that specifics would be nice to start.
Generally speaking you want a correctly fitting surcingle with lines at least 15 feet long and I prefer separate lines but they do make some that have a clasp like english reins that you can buckle them to make them easier to work with. You need a whip of some kind and gloves are important as well.
Now there is NO POINT in attempting to long line a horse unless you have established willing forward movement on the lunge line and while leading. A horse that won't go forward on the lunge line, more than likely won't go forward when long lining them.
To teach a horse I usually run the lines through the rings on the surcingle and lunge that way. This can get tricky because just like when riding a circle you need to balance your inside bend with your inside hand with holding the horse steady and straight with the outside rein/hand. Here is where willing forward movement from your body language and voice is super important because you only have two hands...Also, if you cannot maintain steady giving contact in the saddle then you need to long line a schoolmaster first so that they will be forgiving of your hands as your horse will become confused very fast if you can't keep the bend and straight on the circle. Then I progress to figure eights and changing rein and bend and then go on to serpentines and straight lines, which are very hard when you can't add leg to keep them straight,and then the more advanced things like leg yields and collection, etc.
Like I said before. If you give me specific questions or scenarios I could probably help more...