08-01-2012, 01:18 PM
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Hmm, just gotta say that the best horse I ever owned kicked on the longe, so we didn't longe. Sounds stupid, but this horse would pack my 15 year old butt over miles of trails alone, bareback, while I did really stupid things most of the time. I think because he was such a big guy that longeing was difficult for him, and I also think he felt threatened by the whip (he would also turn to kick people who entered his stall if they were carrying something). My trainer's suggestion (Max von Bleucher from the Spanish Riding School... RIP) said "so what? Don't longe, just get on" so I did. That was really the coolest horse ever, and unfortunately I lost him at age 8 to colic.