07-05-2012, 03:34 PM
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If she is fine when you canter her undersaddle, why lunge? I don't lunge my horse (I'm sure he could use it sometimes as he can be quite the idiot hot head :)...) when I first got him off the trainer at the time told me to lunge him before riding and it wasn't long before he was bucking, bolting and eventually it extended to when I was riding. It took me a long time (and denial) to figure out how much pain I was causing him by forcing him to canter in a small circle. Lunging is very hard on a horse's joints. Check out Jean Luc Cornille and his Science of Motion website, he's pretty fascinating and shows how to lunge a horse without risking the integrity of the joints. Good luck with everything!