Free lunging, to lunge line. How did you do it?

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    03-29-2011, 10:32 AM
Free lunging, to lunge line. How did you do it?

I have never really been a fan of using the lung line. I have used them in the past but have never been able to get my horse to work on the line without pulling against me, especially at a canter. Currently I have a 35 foot round pen that I free lunge my gelding in and we do great, I have recently sold the pen though and now I have to go back to lunging on a line.

How do I transition my horse over to the line correctly?

I have had my gelding on the line before at a walk and trot, walking he does pretty well but a trot he gets to "pulling" on it to were I sometimes get pulled forward. How do I correct this? NOTE- I have tried the small "jerks" on the halter when he starts wondering out to far and beginning to pull, but this just does not seem to help any. Is there anything else I can do?

Thank you.
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    03-29-2011, 10:54 AM
Lunge him in a snaffle bit.He will not want to pull on you so bad, start small circles and teach him to tip his nose in toward you. Once he figures out that if he tips his nose in the pressure is gone he should continue to do this and he will be a breeze to lunge. You can try to put him back in a halter after he quits pulling on the bit. Don't use the flat halters they make it really easy and comfortable for a horse to lean on. I'm a big fan of Clint Anderson's rope halters,but any rope halter is better than a flat web halter.
    03-29-2011, 10:56 AM
35 foot?

If your horse knows the cues in the round pen, just attach the line and work in the area he already knows.

When a horse "pulls" at any gait on the lunge line, it's typically a balance issue. They are popping a shoulder out. You need to "talk" to their face (with the line) and rib cage (with the lunge whip) and straighten them out.
    03-29-2011, 10:57 AM
35' diameter is a pretty small circle. Are you using a larger circle with the line?
    03-29-2011, 01:15 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
35' diameter is a pretty small circle. Are you using a larger circle with the line?

Yes when on the line he has more room, I only work him at a walk and trot in the round pen due to the fact its so small. I will give the snaffle bit a try, I have a 4 knot rope halter that I lunge him in outside of the pen, he does better but still leans a bit, and I worry that when he does pull that the rope will rub his eye.
    03-29-2011, 01:20 PM
How long is your lunge line?

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