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post #1 of 8 Old 01-16-2011, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Doesn't Understand Lunging

Hey all, me and Milo have been having quite a consistent adventure these past two weeks. :)
Right now his current issue is that he has no idea what lunging is.
When I try to lunge him, he follows me as though he thinks I'm leading him... in a tight circle. Which just makes us both dizzy. He isn't being stubborn or aggressive; he's simply clueless and I don't know how to demonstrate this to him.

Right now I have been leading him in a circle in the round pen, and then beginning to try lunging him. I do not have a whip; I use the end of the lead that has a leather popper on the end. Several times he has gone in some wider circles, but takes a quick turn and returns back to my side. We are both getting frustrated and any help you all have would be appreciated. I would try to get a video of us if that would help, too.

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-16-2011, 11:50 PM
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Check out this thread. it may help you because it's about the same thing kind of: im having trouble lunging my horse
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-16-2011, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Ack! I should have looked more thoroughly. Thanks!

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post #4 of 8 Old 01-16-2011, 11:51 PM
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There are different ways to teach lunging. Milo sounds pretty laid back, For horses like him, who aren't being bad, just not understanding , I have found it helpful to have another person lead him on the outside of the circle. You give all the commands , the other person (OP to shortened my typing) keeps him out with a lead rope. Do this at the walk so the OP doesn't have to get a work out
Gradually have the OP loosen their line & step farther from Milo but only give reminders if he tries to walk in towards you. Only you give him verbal or body signals. The OP is only your back up.
When he walks along without pulling on the OP have the OP remove their line but continue to walk the outside of the circle. Eventually the OP gets farther & farther away. Milo should by then be paying attention only to you. Repeat for the other direction.
This does not work too well in a round pen as the OP has no place to go.
Most horses learn easily doing it this way. They also learn walk which seems to be a hard gait for some while lunging.
Hope this helps.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-17-2011, 01:36 AM
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I think that other thread referenced some videos on Stateline Tack website of Chris Irwin, there are like 8 of them and they go through lunging info. Very helpful, especiallly the infor about getting thehorse to move off away from you.

Many good points, but most important, DONT back away from horse (says "follow me" with body language) then try to drive him away at the same time. Contradictory messages.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-17-2011, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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I watched those videos last night, too! And then looked at tack, of course. ;) I am just leaving to go work with Milo, and I will keep all you all's info in mind! (Ignore the grammar. Just ignore it. You get the idea...)
Perhaps I'll take a video for you guys if things don't work out, so I can get a critique on what I'm doing wrong.

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Have fun. Take the video of what will go right.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-17-2011, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Back from the pasture. The round pen was too muddy to get him moving on, so I led him in circles in the round pen and then called it quits once Milo and myself slipped enough times. No video, either, since we couldn't do anything.

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