Originally Posted by smrobs
In all honesty, only 1 of my horses knows how to lunge but that was taught to him by the people that had him before. If my horses are more than green broke, they never see the inside of a round pen or a lunge line. My thinking is that if I can't get them to do what I want them to do under saddle, there is more missing from my training plan than some lunging. I think that if your horses are beyond the green broke stage, there really is no need for lunging unless you need to use side reins or some other training method. If you get along with them now, there really is no need to teach them to lunge unless you just want to.
I agree with this and seems to me that a lot of folks retreat to the round pen with a 'lunging will cure all evils' mentality. I've never lunged before riding, not even when our youngest was green broke, and I think they make more progress, faster, the more you're in the saddle. All our mares know how to lunge, but I think I dust off the lunge line only about once a year when I really have nothing to do (which is very rare) just to convince myself that they haven't forgotton (which I know they haven't).