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post #11 of 16 Old 02-17-2013, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post
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.
Hey Loosie,
I agree my KWPN is a big LAZY boy but I'll tell you he is BLOOMING under the hand of my new Dutch trainer. but on on topic ....
what they eat and how they are kept (stall kept or pasture) ALL that stuff is very important.

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post #12 of 16 Old 02-17-2013, 10:21 PM
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It's also possible he was one of those horses that was taught to be wild on the lunge. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people just chase their horses around while lunging (or in a round pen) just to make them tired so they will "behave". It leads to that kind of behavior because they think that's what they are supposed to do after a while. If I'm retraining one that has that habit, as soon as they start acting up, I make them yield their hindquarters and shut down the behavior ASAP. Then I ask them to go out on the lunge circle again. It doesn't matter if it takes all day, until they lunge properly and with manners, we will keep starting/yielding/reversing/restarting until it clicks. It's easier to shut down the behavior in a round pen because then you don't accidentally send the wrong signals down the rope while you are trying to correct the behavior.
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post #13 of 16 Old 02-18-2013, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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He is fed two flakes of grass hay morning and night. Pellet feed in the afternoon. He is turned out 7x per week to ample pastures. Trained in dressage all his life. Plenty of time to run around. I work him 5-6x per week. I usually don't need to lunge him every day but usually after a day off he is hyper so I lunge. This is when he gets crazy. He is so good for everything else. When he gets on the lunge line he just lets it all out ,I guess. I have a lot of experience lunging and like I said before, have had my trainer help me. She taught me to lunge and that is how I have been doing it my entire riding career. I have never had any problems lunging in a bridle.
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post #14 of 16 Old 02-18-2013, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by winchesterDG View Post
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.
My horses are out 24/7 and I do follow Clinton Anderson's on Youtube for some of his vids. Even with our horses being out 24/7 they still have lots of energy left LOL

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post #15 of 16 Old 02-18-2013, 02:23 AM
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OP welcome to the forum,
I'm sure you will get him sorted and it's good you have a trainer to help you :)
I have a big Dutch boy as well :) Good luck and if there is ever any help i can give shoot me a PM :)

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post #16 of 16 Old 02-18-2013, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by winchesterDG View Post
I think it is mainly bottled up energy which is weird because he is turned out to pasture 7x per week.
What does he do to expend excess energy in the paddock? What sort of paddock environment/setup? If it's a regular type set up, horses tend to be rather sedentary, so don't get a lot of exercise of their own accord. One way to boost that is to have horse herds on a track, instead of just a large, open pasture.
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