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    01-19-2013, 03:17 PM
  #1
Weanling
getting my horse to use a lunge line

Usually I don't use a lunge line at home, I just go in the round pen with him and he's pretty good at working for me without the lunge line and I don't use a whip either. Just natural.

Well, im at college now and they have a large arena and if I want to lunge him and keep him in a smaller area, ill have to use the lunge line.

He has a tendency to just want to follow me everywhere, so its hard to get him to understand that just becuase I have him on a line doesnt mean I want him right by me. I put him on the line and I try to put pressure on his eye or on his hip to get him to move out and start walking around me, and I try to slowly back away to get him further out there, but he just wants to come back in to me.

I think the fact that I've never used a lunge line before is throwing him off, because normally the only lead he has is a lead rope, which means stay by me/follow me/come with me... so this new concept of THIS line means stay further from me is throwing him off I think..

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    01-19-2013, 03:36 PM
  #2
Trained
You are using a lunge whip I take it?

If I have one with no idea I usually start just circling on the lead rope, hat they usually get quite quickly, practice making the triangle of you, lunge line, whip and horse. Once you have that cracked, put on the lunge line and start moving them out away from you, do it bit by bit, but they soon catch on.

Or if you have a helper, get them to lead the horse until they get it.
     
    01-19-2013, 03:47 PM
  #3
Foal
Never having access to a round pen, this is where watching clinton anderson really helped me out!

The basics of it is you teach the horse to back up when you wiggle the lead rope while standing infront of them (my horse wasn't sensitive so I had to give him a firm tap with my training stick on his chest a few times before he got very light). Once they can do that, you just get them to back up to whatever distance away you'd like them to lunge at, then with your hand or training stick, put pressure on them, aimed towards their front end/neck, and drive the front end away. People had told me over and over to drive the hindend, and this just got the horse lunging ME because I'd keep moving around to wave at his butt. Once I understood that, after months of doing this wrong, it took about an hour to teach my gelding to lunge on a line.

You can do it!
     
    01-19-2013, 06:43 PM
  #4
Showing
When you back up you draw him in. Horses move away from what is moving toward them, with a little energy yet will follow what moves away.
     
    01-19-2013, 08:04 PM
  #5
Trained
I had this problem w my mare when I first got her as a filly. I'd never prior had a horse that just stuck to me like glue, whip in hand and in use, or not. Like your guy, she did not understand the "request" to lunge. Although she was a "skitterish" baby, she was very bonded to me. I wanted to teach her what I wanted of her w/o giving her any reason for undue "upset". I marked a spot for my feet b/c for some odd reason I would have to move way off of center trying to get her going. By marking a spot for me and staying ontop of it, I ensured this "all over the place" stuff didn't happen - as well as communicated what I wanted (i.e., I am the center...you move :)). I started her "short" (about 7-8 feet) and worked up to disance. This is pretty "close", but I was trying to teach her what "to do". I had to really, really concentrate on my body "direction" and "stance" relative to her's -- way more than w a "normal" horse so that she wouldn't mistake any body language as an invitation to come to me - and she would recognize "keep moving" when she saw it. A "normal" horse will easily and naturally respond to where you direct your body first time out the gate..."stick to you" horses may not (at least she didn't, at first). She would often just stand there and look at me when I cracked lounge whip! So I would kind of gently snake the lash a little around her rear fetlocks to get her to moving (I don't like to make contact w a lunge whip - and ordinarily you do not have to, but stick to you horses can make you feel like they just called your bluff...I don't think that is what they are actually doing, however). She quickly "got it". Hope something in that helps.
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    01-20-2013, 11:42 AM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
I had this problem w my mare when I first got her as a filly. I'd never prior had a horse that just stuck to me like glue, whip in hand and in use, or not. Like your guy, she did not understand the "request" to lunge. Although she was a "skitterish" baby, she was very bonded to me. I wanted to teach her what I wanted of her w/o giving her any reason for undue "upset". I marked a spot for my feet b/c for some odd reason I would have to move way off of center trying to get her going. By marking a spot for me and staying ontop of it, I ensured this "all over the place" stuff didn't happen - as well as communicated what I wanted (i.e., I am the center...you move :)). I started her "short" (about 7-8 feet) and worked up to disance. This is pretty "close", but I was trying to teach her what "to do". I had to really, really concentrate on my body "direction" and "stance" relative to her's -- way more than w a "normal" horse so that she wouldn't mistake any body language as an invitation to come to me - and she would recognize "keep moving" when she saw it. A "normal" horse will easily and naturally respond to where you direct your body first time out the gate..."stick to you" horses may not (at least she didn't, at first). She would often just stand there and look at me when I cracked lounge whip! So I would kind of gently snake the lash a little around her rear fetlocks to get her to moving (I don't like to make contact w a lunge whip - and ordinarily you do not have to, but stick to you horses can make you feel like they just called your bluff...I don't think that is what they are actually doing, however). She quickly "got it". Hope something in that helps.
this is very much like my boy, he is kind of like a big baby, a mommys horse. Its hard to work with him sometimes because he can be so sound and so attached to me. Ill have to try planting my feet and positioning my body differently to get him to walk around me. But yeah, he just kind of stands there looking at me like oh you don't want me lol I might get him to walk a few steps but he just doesnt understand yet. Its not his fault, its my fault for not asking correctly.

Another thing I like to do with the whip is have him follow behind me as I flip the whip on the ground side to side, at first he wanted to bolt but then he didnt care at all about that whip and was just walking along with me, the next step I was SUPPOSED to do was walk backwards facing him and slapping the whip on the ground between us... well he is so concerned with following me this way even, that I can't barely walk backwards fast enough or slap the whip between us because he's dead focused on me. Which is a good thing, yet he isnt really helping me do the excercise right, so I don't even try to do this one that much.
     

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