Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I've done it with mine on a 15-20 foot rope. I didn't do it for hours. And I don't lunge a horse as part of my normal activities. It is for training, not for living. I'd let them canter, and I would make a point of tipping their nose into the circle to help them learn correct balance.
And the two horses I've lunged have been known to up the ante on their own into a full gallop on a 20' rope. If they were sore afterward, they hid it well.
I've met folks who used a round pen or lunge line to exercise a horse. I could see how a horse cantering regularly under those conditions might have too much wear & tear. For me, I don't see the attraction to watching my horse move around me. Bores me and bores the horse and doesn't do squat all for either of us. Just us. I'm not a trainer or a teacher or a competitor or a top anything rider...just a guy with 3 horses who would rather ride them than lunge them.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)