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post #1 of 18 Old 08-25-2009, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Help with lunging !!!!

I have an Arabian horse, Jill, and she is 6.10 years old, and she has a problem:
every time I lunge her she gets a bit mad, but the she gets over it.
I lunge her to the right, and it gos ok, I ask her to stop, and she does.
Then I ask her to revers direction (left) and she gos crazy on me !!!
She rears-up and starts walking back puling me.
I have no idea what to do.
Pleas help me!
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-25-2009, 02:03 AM
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Eeks. So, are you in a round pen? I have found Monty Roberts a great resource for stuff - you can check out a lot of resources on his site (google Monty Roberts). He is NOT a proponent to lunging without side reins. The logic being that the pressure torques their head in slightly, throws the body position so that there is no bend, and causes discomfort. Maybe your girl has a vertebrae out in the upper neck area?? So, another question would be, how are you lunging her? What equipment are you using? Have you ever long-lined? I used to lunge my horses with side reins for many years and then just learned to long-line - OMG it is a dream. You can establish outside contact really well! But, you must learn how to do it and not get hurt, so practice on a quiet gentle horse, get the feel, and try it out for reals.

Also, when horses get a little crazy - just stay unemotional about the whole thing. I am training a 3 year old Holsteiner who likes to be dramatic. If he kicks up his heels and jumps the moon, I just go, oh well and move on to the next thing. Horses are "in the moment" so it makes sense for us to also be "in the moment." Try to be even with emotions, be cautious without being scared, be infatic without being angry or bossy, and be forgiving. Good luck, and know she is teaching you something!
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-25-2009, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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No I'm not useing a rouned pen, she gets VERY spooked.... Someone must have tromotised her in a rouned pen....
Any-way, thank for the advice, I will try it .!!!!
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post #4 of 18 Old 08-25-2009, 02:23 PM
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how exactly are you asking her to reverse?
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post #5 of 18 Old 08-25-2009, 02:42 PM
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You arn't realy soposed to ask a horse to reverse. I tryed it with my 7 year old and she had her ears pined the hole time. If she backs up stop her and then get her back on the circle. Are you with a bridle?

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You arn't realy soposed to ask a horse to reverse. I tryed it with my 7 year old and she had her ears pined the hole time. If she backs up stop her and then get her back on the circle. Are you with a bridle?

I must wholeheartedly disagree with you. Reversing is necessary while lunging and is an integral part of lunging.

Blondi1980- What type of equipment are you using, how are you asking and do you know if your horse has been asked to reverse on the line before?
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post #7 of 18 Old 08-25-2009, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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No I'm not using a round pen, she gets VERY spooked in it....
I'm not a pro at this, but,
I lunge her the normal way... a lunge line 8m' long, a whip and a manege'.
I have never long-lined, but it looks very nice !!!!

Any-way, thank you SOOOOO for the advice, I will try it .!!!!
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I must wholeheartedly disagree with you. Reversing is necessary while lunging and is an integral part of lunging.

Blondi1980- What type of equipment are you using, how are you asking and do you know if your horse has been asked to reverse on the line before?

An 8m' lunge line,and a whip.
well, when I ask her to go left I stop her and tell her to "ravers".
and I have no idea if she reversed on the line.

midnightbright:
yes I do use a bridle.

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Firstly- how are you connecting the line to the bridle?
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Why does she get "spooked" in a round pen and why would you tolerate that?
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