Help with lunging

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        08-26-2008, 10:54 PM
    Help with lunging

    A couple days ago, my arab was showing a lot of attitude when I went to ride her, so I rode her back up to the barn and started lunging her. She did pretty good, except for stopping. When I say WHOA, she doesn't stop. I had to give a lil tug on the lunge line, then she would stop and face me. My question is, what is the best method to get her to stop when I say whoa? Should I ride her while someone else lunges her and give a lil tug on the reigns when they say whoa? Or is there a better way to go about this? Any advice would be great as I'm kinda new to lunging!
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        08-26-2008, 11:06 PM
    Hmm usually when I am lunging a horse and I want them to stop I put my arm up and step in front of their shoulder... idk if that would work for you but it's seemed to work for me? LOL sorry idk if that helped you out any. But I'm thinking if you wanted the horse to stop on the "Whoa" cue you could give the lunge line a little tug and say whoa and eventually the horse would get it..
        08-27-2008, 01:56 AM
    Yes, I sort of do what Dvine said, if I want them to slow or stop(or backup) on the circle - put some energy(with hand, whip or end of rope) in front of them to block them. If I want them to turn & face me or change direction, I direct some energy at their HQ.
        08-27-2008, 02:34 AM
    I'm also working on the whoa for my horse on the lungeline. I was taught to kind of sqeeze and release pressure on the line when I say my first whoa. If that gets no reaction, I continue to say whoa and start to step towards my horse, picking up the line slack as I go forward. I walk towards her shoulder. The second she stops, I stop saying whoa and stop walking towards her and praise her vocally. It just takes a lot of practice to perfect.
        08-29-2008, 01:33 PM
    With all of my horses, if they don't stop when I say whoe, I give nice jerk on the line. Just enough to get their attention. If your horse knows the word whoe, she should respond. She may not be paying a ny attention to you. I make my horses do fun stuff on the lunge line, I will suddenly ask for a different direction and 'play' with the horse. This gets their attentio in a good way, and eventually you will have your horses attention at all times. I also would reccomend roundpenning if you ahve one.

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