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    02-17-2013, 07:27 PM
Crazy lunger?!

My horse tears around on the lunge line! He just thinks it is okay for him to run around like a crazy boy throwing bucks everywhere. After about 10 minutes he gets tired and quits though. Today he nearly broke my pair of side reins. I am scared for the safety of other riders in the arena. What should I do to get him more calm before I lunge and ride him? He is totally fine once I get on him after lunging though...
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    02-17-2013, 07:33 PM
Do you have a round pen? If so, take off the lung line, and lunge him without a rope until he settles down. Then you can go into the arena to lunge properly. This is not a training solution, and it won't teach him anything, but it will make it safer for others around you.
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    02-17-2013, 07:39 PM
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Longing is one of my biggest issues. I've watched the Clinton Anderson videos and gotten a lot of help with them. What type of halter are you lunging in? A rope halter might be very helpful....
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    02-17-2013, 07:40 PM
Too hard to even begin to explain to you how to longe properly. The whole idea of longeing a horse is to teach him manners and exercise him from the ground, so a horse tearing around & bucking is doing not a whit of good. Have someone show you how to longe properly and get the horse behaving. Once you know how to do this, which doesn't take long, you got the skill and can pretty much get any horse to behave on the longe line
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    02-17-2013, 07:50 PM
Thanks everyone!

I have started lunging him in my bridle, which gives me more control over him. I have had my trainer help me a lot. I think it is mainly bottled up energy which is weird because he is turned out to pasture 7x per week.
    02-17-2013, 07:52 PM
What type of horse do you have? How old is he? What is his level of training?

I have a TB mare that starts at the canter because she's been standing in the stall and she's just full of energy. After we lounge her and she makes a dozen laps in the roundpen she calms down and is ready to listen and go to work. For me becasue I know my mare is just young and full of herself I allow this.

Maybe you could put him out to run in a pasture or paddock before you try to work him? IF not just choose a time to work him that nobody else is there or block the gate for the first 10 minutes you work him so that when he's acting wild (which I don't think it that unusual) nobody gets in the way.

Do you have a round pen where you could free lounge where other riders are not at risk by your horses behavior?

Also I normally don't start the lounge with side reins. We allow the horse to warm up freely then put on side reigns. That way the horse is allowed to stretch and warm up before being asked for more taxing work.
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    02-17-2013, 07:59 PM
Thanks WildAcreFarms.
I have a 10yo DWB which explains the craziness :)
I will definitely take into consideration lunging without side reins until all the initial energy is out. I usually have them on very loose to start, but then I tighten them up. Today was just one of those extra crazy days though, where my tack is going every which way
    02-17-2013, 08:10 PM
How does he react to trotting while being lead?
    02-17-2013, 08:16 PM
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One thing to consider, depending on where you show, many times lunging in a bit or with side reins is illegal (on show grounds). Make sure you know the rules when you haul him out before you lunge..... As far as lunging at home that's not an issue. BUT... Be careful with the teeth lunging in a bit. I have lunged in a bit many times w/out issue but a friend of mine had a mare crack a tooth on the lunge line and she wasn't being an idiot or anything.
    02-17-2013, 10:00 PM
How is he kept? What is he fed? What sort of exercise does he get prior to you asking him to lunge? How has he been trained? Being a 10yo DWB doesn't explain anything. If he's jumping out of his skin from too much feed/too little exercise &/or you or he haven't learned how to lunge basically, there's no way I'd consider using side reins or lunging with a bit.
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