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He will not lift his feet and he will not lunge

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  • Horse will not go out to circle on lunge?>
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    09-12-2009, 03:20 PM
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Foal
He will not lift his feet and he will not lunge

Hi I have a couple of problems with my youngster, I had him lifting his feel but I went ill and my mate looked after him for a week but did nothing with him other than put him out and bring him in that was about 3 weeks ago I can not get him to lift his feet without a hugh struggle and the one foot he will not pick up at all no matter what.

The other thing is he will not lunge at all he goes about 3 paces then turns his hind quarters to face me then will not do anything and when I re-gather his lunge line to go to his side he just turns to face me.

Please if you have any suggestions I will be much appreciative.
     
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    09-12-2009, 07:16 PM
  #2
Started
How do you ask your horse to lift his feet? If you aren't doing this already, try pinching his chestnuts, or the tendons along the back of his cannon bone. Usually either of these will cause enough discomfort to get the foot up.

As far as the lunging, when you want him to go out on a circle, stand behind his driveline (approxamately his girth line). Any "pressure" behind this point will either drive him forward or push his hindquarters away (disengagement). In this position, preparing to send him counterclockwise, raise your left hand, high, and point the direction you want him to go. You can either cluck to him or use a specific verbal cue ("walk on," etc.) If he doesn't move forward, take either the tail of your line or a lunge whip/NH stick and swing that in a smooth circle (hold the lash/string with the stick, you don't need the extra reach at this point). If he doesn't move, walk purposefully toward his hip, still swinging the stick. If he doesn't have the good sense to move before the stick hits him, fine. It won't hurt him, and he has had plenty of chances to move before this point. Continue to encourage him to move forward until he is circling you at the speed you want, then remove all pressure. He is responsible for maintaining his speed. If he starts to slow down, start asking for forward motion in the same way (Point, cluck, swing... same for in the saddle, squeeze, cluck spank... ask, suggest, encourage). Be patient, be persistent. Of course, this plan assumes that it is a training issue, not a physical issue. Be sure to rule out any pain or discomfort that could explain his reluctance to lunge.

Also, you describe him as a youngster... how young is he?? Lunging can be a good tool, but too much and too early can be really rough on growing horsey legs. Splint boots or SMB type boots are a good idea.

Hope that was helpful, good luck!
     
    09-21-2009, 03:20 PM
  #3
Foal
I am putting pressure on his chestnuts and this seems to be working still get a little bit of hassle on the one leg but seems to be going well and give him a good praise when he does a good job,

He is only 18 months old and I don't lunge him very oftern at all maybe once a week and just a couple of circles when he does go in either direction then give him a good praise when he does good I lunged him tonight he did brill on the one side but a bit hesitant the other but we got 2 circles

Thank you for the advice
     
    09-21-2009, 03:37 PM
  #4
Yearling
Looks like you're on the right track. I agree with the chestnuts and the feet are just something that needs to be repeated and rewarded. There's no easy way to teach them to pick up their feet. As far as the lunging goes, try him walking on small circles (10 feet or so) and use a lunge whip/stick/your arm/etc at his hip to keep him walking forward. Do maybe one or two circles then reward him. If he tries to turn or stop or spin, hustle his feet in any direction as long as it's away from you (side passing, moving forward, etc) just make him move those feet. Pretty soon he will realize that lunging at a nice comfortable walk is less work and will do that. Once the walk is established the trot should come naturally but if he reverts go back to hustling his feet. Make the desired behavior (lunging) easy and the undesired behavior (stopping and turning) hard. All horses are inherently lazy and he will eventually make the easy behavior his go to behavior because in his mind it is easier. Keep up the good work and have patience!! They aren't called babies for nothing!
     
    09-21-2009, 04:51 PM
  #5
Trained
You can try using a soft cotton lead, and loop it around his pastern, and apply a bit of pressure; when he shifts the foot (ie, picks it up, or moves it foward slightly) release the pressure and praise him. This will teach him to lift his foot to feel, without you being at his level, and possibly in danger of getting kicked.
     
    09-21-2009, 06:16 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by jodie2584    
i am putting pressure on his chestnuts and this seems to be working still get a little bit of hassle on the one leg but seems to be going well and give him a good praise when he does a good job,

He is only 18 months old and I don't lunge him very oftern at all maybe once a week and just a couple of circles when he does go in either direction then give him a good praise when he does good I lunged him tonight he did brill on the one side but a bit hesitant the other but we got 2 circles

Thank you for the advice
Sounds like you're doing fine.
Remember at 18 months, they don't have the balance of the big ones, so it's not unusual for them to be a bit unsure about being on 3 feet.
And for lunging, just make sure you end on a good note...even if it is only 2 circles...you never want the horse to be the one to 'choose' when to stop.
     

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