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    08-11-2011, 02:15 PM

So my new colt wont lunge in a circle unless its free lungeing, he doesnt react to anything when he's on the line. He just will not circle on a line. Is this just because he things its for leading around. I know how to lunge a horse on a line but he just wont. He will start and go for a few paces but stops and turns into me. Tryed everything to get him going but he will not. He's not that stubborn but I think he thinks im going to lead him away. Help?!
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    08-11-2011, 03:11 PM
Did you actually go through the training steps of teaching a horse to lunge or did you just clip the line on your horse and expect him to know exactly what to do?
It doesn't matter how much you know if your horse doesn't know what the heck your asking them to do. Its like asking a western pleasure horse to do a piaffe.
    08-11-2011, 10:56 PM
No I've gone thro alot of steps to train him and as long as he is in the round pen free lunging he does amazing at everything. But once I clip that lunge line on him he wont go... he walks up to me or goes up beside me. Like im going to lead him out
    08-11-2011, 10:58 PM
And I've tryed alot of same things with the line on and he wont budge, this time I am not using a lunge whip could that be why he's walking all over me, im not the most forcefull person with my animals.
    08-11-2011, 11:14 PM
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So, even when you are inthe round pen and hook a lunge line on the halter, he will not go around? He only turns in and expects to be lead. I think that he thinks he is being a good horse. "when she puts a lead line on me, I should wait to follow her" Sounds like he is a polite fellow.

You may need to get him to understand what lunging on a line means, and you can have another person help you with this by actually walking him foreward while you stand in the middle, and YES , get and use a lunge whip. Not like a whip to strike him but as an extension of your arm so that you can put a bit of pressure on him while you are far away .

YOu may have to add a bit more pressure initially to get him to understand.

When a horse won't lunge it is almost always that the handler doesn't realize that the horse is correctly reading their body language; the handler isn't saying with their body what they think they are saying.
    08-11-2011, 11:43 PM
Thanks.. I guess I will have to try that, he's still a colt and a rescue from abuse and he still trys to be my baby like he was in the first few months of having him but then I started workin him more and more and got him to saddle up and bridle up and free lunge but I guess getting a lunge whip again will help but ill call my friend over to help walk around and get him to understand when we are in the round pen he should lunge then slowly move to the open arena..
    08-11-2011, 11:51 PM
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