bolting while lunging ....ugh!

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    10-28-2007, 03:18 PM
bolting while lunging ....ugh!

Ok, Here's the deal. I have an 18 month old 15h yearling Huntseat filly who as of a few months ago decided she was going to start pulling a pretty clever stunt. I lunge her and at the walk and trot both ways she's fine, perfect angel, than I ask for her canter, she canters about 2-3 laps (at the most) than takes all of her body weight and does a quick 90 away from me, ripping the lungeline out of my hands. Only once have I ever been able to hold on and stop her from going. She even pulled this stunt last week at the trot. I couldnt believe it the first time she did it. Yesterday I was bringing her in from the pasture for the night, another horse in the paddoc as we were walking by was running up and down and my filly got excited, usually if she's on a regular lead, she is controlable. Not yesterday. She started running sideways and as soon as she got her head facing away from me she took off running like a complete idiot. I don't know what to do. Its getting worst. She's not heard bound to any horses or anything. When I lunge her, she takes off and runs to the other end of the arena, and either stops, or she runs to the other end than runs back to me. I keep her at a huge boarding stable and Now I cannot lunge her with other horses in the arena as I don't want her to pull her stupid stunt and get away and piss someone off..... We have a big round pen, but due to living in oregon its now sopping wet and not safe. Any ideas?
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    10-28-2007, 03:20 PM
Oh, and she's only ever been lunged 2 times a week, the other times she either just goes to pasture, or we work on showmanship.
    10-28-2007, 05:57 PM
Try doing the "hide-your-hiney" game.
Stand with her facing you and look at her hip and lean forward and twirl the end of your rope untill she moves that butt away. Do it to both sides.
I have a 3 year old so I know about young horses, there a handful! Lol
I'd do that and change directions often, really make her jump out of the way. Work her. Becuase it sounds like she's not paying attention to you. Keep her nose pointed in and turn her alot.
Hope this helps!
    10-29-2007, 01:20 AM
She could also be too young and not mentally mature for what your asking her to do. I mean, she's still a baby at 1 1/2 years. I wouldn't even lunge her at that age. Working on grooming, trailering, bathing, clipping, and halter is all that I would do. You don't want to stress her out. I just think she needs time to be a baby and grow up. It doesn't mean you can't do anything with her, but I think your pushing her too much. But that's my opinion. Good luck. :)
    10-30-2007, 05:07 PM
If she can gallop, she can lounge.
    10-31-2007, 10:58 PM
She could be physically ready for it, but not mentally. A 1 year old is like a human baby. Their brains are very immature and can't think as well as say a 5 or 6 year old horse.
    11-01-2007, 08:05 AM
Actually lunging on gallop can be hard on joints when they are young. I dont' like to gallop mine on lunge.
    11-01-2007, 05:56 PM
I didn't say gallop while lounging, I said if the horse can gallop she can longe on a lounge line.
    11-02-2007, 06:59 AM
They aren't the same thing though. Cantering on a longe line around in a circle is stressful on joints, especially under developed and weak ones. The horse gallops where ever it wants to in the pasture, more than likely not for an extended period of time, and isn't galloping in a circle. There is a difference. ANY horse can gallop, even little foals, but that doesn't mean you get out the lounge line and start lounging them, does it?
    11-02-2007, 04:14 PM
OMG why do you guys think its so bad? Clinton anderson stresses traing extreamly early and 18 months is allready a yearling and they lounge horses younger than that. My filly was started lounging and groundwork when she was 6 months old so 18 months is nothing.

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