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    06-11-2007, 08:03 AM
Have i lunged enough

My 11yr old gelding is being broken late, the last girl who started him said how much he hated lunging
And she's right he throws a stropping almost every time, I think once I got him walking,stopping and trotting nicely, other times he will buck rear, kick, storm towards etc

Now As he knows the voice aids can I dispesnse with the lunging, he hasnt trotted or cantered while being ridden but has is good in walk, he's much calmer when ridden a tottally differnet horse if he's not lunging.

What do you think?
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    06-11-2007, 11:56 AM
Why do you lunge?

Answering this may better help me at answering your question. =)
    06-11-2007, 06:04 PM
Ah sorry, Im just breaking him in, he's been ridden but I didnt want to progress to teaching him to trot and canter under saddle as he was still misbehaving on the lunge however its been going on for a while now, he can and will stand,trot and walk he is an angel under saddle in walk.
I just wonder if Im just wasting my time and should I be on him and schooling by now

I was told that I shouldnt go any further until he he behaves on the lunge and long rein but he hates both and to be honest we are now stuck in a rut , I've been told I can't ride him further until he will lunge and long rein properly.
    06-11-2007, 11:42 PM
Iv had a horse that is perfect to ride but hated both lunging and long reining it may be the proper thing to do to have your horse going perfetly on both lunge rein and long rein but I think ifyou continue in doing something and he is misbehaving then all you are teaching him is that he can get away with it and this may crop up later when you start schooling him. I would start riding him and do small lots of lunging and long reining at the same time. But however I am not an expert ect this is just what ithink hope it helps
    06-12-2007, 06:43 AM
First things first - have you checked thoroughly for pain?
    06-13-2007, 06:39 PM
His tacks checked and fits well and no other evidence of anything causing pain, he does it tacked up or just with a head collar.

He bucks if he's unsure eg he doesnt like cameras and if I take a picture of him he does it, if the wind blows he does it, if someone he doesnt know goes up to him he does it lol

I thought it might be because he doesnt know what to do but he does, he can and has shown he is able to walk trot and stand to voice comand and go to trot from canter.
    06-14-2007, 10:23 PM
Pain doesn't necessarily mean it's tack. It could be dental, physical, or farrier related. I would rule out all possibilities of pain before moving on.

If he is (hopefully) pain free, he sounds as if he is spooking. What is he fed? How often is he turned out?
    06-17-2007, 11:30 PM
Kristy's right. First don't just assume its the horse- check if he is out somewhere. That's a major! Then go back the basics make sure you are behind the shoulder. There should be a straight line from the horses head through your arms and a whip in the other hand.
I will tell you a story....
When I met my wife she wasn't into horses as such. So when she met me she automatically thought she 'has' to be into horses. So with no knowledge she brought a young gelding (2yr) and he was a absolute turd!!!! When I went to break him in he would lunge, he would rear and land on top of me, but because I started I had the determination and I wasn't going to let a feral scrubby lil Gelding run me over. I wasn't mad or angrey! I got one of my other horses stuck it in the round yard with the 2yr and chased them and lunged him. I don't have him but as far as I know he can lunge to this day.

So maybe you could do that? But make sure the round yard it big enough for two!

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