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post #1 of 6 Old 03-03-2014, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Help! How to make a horse to stay out at the lunge?

So I'm training a 10 year old green mare. Her training has gone really good so far, she has walked on a lunge line both directions as well as trotted. At one spot both directions she always cuts in closer than I want her to, it's safe to say that she's not afraid or sensitive to the whip. How to I make her stay out?? HELP!!!
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-03-2014, 09:41 PM
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Both my gelding and mare occasionally decide to cut in or swoop in closer than necessary on the lunge. I typically move my whip over so it's pointed at their girth/shoulder area and they'll move back off. If they don't I may snap the whip, again while it's near the shoulder/girth area. Not aiming to hit them, just the snapping sound that close to them usually makes them move off. If they cut way close they get jabbed at with the tip of the whip. Sorry, I can't really think of anything else to tell you though!
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I agree with Pyrros' suggestion, I would attempt that approach first.
You mentioned that your horse doesn't respect/ is not sensitive to the whip. If the previous method has no effect, I recommend that the next time you lunge the horse and they step in, step towards them aggressively. A horse that bows into the circle on the lunge is invading your space and if you make it clear that it is your space and they will be warned and punished as they would be in a herd in the same situation, then the horse will respond and eventually stop testing the boundary of your personal bubble. Especially if the horse does it consistently in one place, you can plan in advance so that the moment they try to make their move, you're already confronting and redirecting them.

When you step in aggressively - make it a sharp, confident movement. You can move the whip or snap it, make yourself look bigger. And keep going. If you back off, then they will come to understand they can invade your space at leisure because you'll yield to them.
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Agree with the above. I teach lunging as an extension to leading/driving, to teach the horse to respond at a distance.
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-06-2014, 12:16 PM
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Agree with the above advice - if they come in towards you, step aggressively towards their shoulder, and they should move back out (if the whip doesn't work - I usually just have to point the whip at their shoulder and they move out, but of course I'm not working with green broke horses). Also, just like teaching them voice commands for walk, trot, etc., I use the word 'out' when I point the whip at the shoulder and then after a bit I can just say 'out' and they'll move out on the circle.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-07-2014, 05:10 PM
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Agreed with what everybody has said, and if that doesnt work, don't be afraid to wack her/him with the whip one time to get your point across each time you've done the above steps and that didn't get the point across. The above steps should work, but on a young/green horse or even any horse, sometimes they need reminded there is more pressure for not minding. Make sure though if you do have to wack the horse, one good time. Don't tap, give a good wack and point where you want the horse to go. Then carry on like it didn't even happen
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