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    07-12-2013, 09:58 AM
Horse will not lunge

I don't know if this is the thread that this belongs in, but yes I am new to horses and I can't get my paint mare to lunge. She just comes straight to me and stops I step back and throw my arm out with the line and use my whip behind her to try to make her go but she maybe does one circle then comes right back to me. Any help on how to make her do it right or to help me do it right?? Thanks!
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    07-12-2013, 10:06 AM
Experiment with your body position and find the "drive line". It's that area between her flank and where the girth would go. When you step behind this spot and give cues she will move forward. When you stand in front of this spot she will stop. Sorry if that sounds overly simple but once you find this area you can play with getting her to move faster or slower just by your body position.
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    07-12-2013, 10:11 AM
Ok. Thank you for the tip (: Is the position I'm standing the reason she comes straight to me also?
    07-12-2013, 10:11 AM
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Try not to step back because you are giving to her then. Lunging is a lot harder then people think, it's one of my biggest challenges. I like the Clinton Anderson videos on lunging...
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    07-12-2013, 10:14 AM
Thank you. I honestly thought it was a simple way to work with her and exercise her. Other people and videos make it look so easy, but I've realized it can be quiet a challenge
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    07-12-2013, 01:39 PM
Make sure not to get in front of her. As Boo Walker said, find the drive line and drive her from there. If you get in front of her she will stop or turn into you. Just keep her moving from the rear. She and you will get the hang of it. Lunging is a great way to excersise the horse but also a great way to get to know each other. She will need to pay attention to you listen to your voice commands, and when she does, it is such a wonderful feeling to have that connection with her. I enjoy just watching my horse move. Best of luck.
    07-12-2013, 01:43 PM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
Try not to step back because you are giving to her then. Lunging is a lot harder then people think, it's one of my biggest challenges. I like the Clinton Anderson videos on lunging...
And it's hard to explain to someone .. DH has had his horse for a year and JUST LAST WEEK got it all figured out ... they are lunging beautifully together now .. direction and gait changes.. I'm so proud of DH.

One year ago, Gunnie was lunging DH .. he'd stand in the middle and DH would do circles around him trying to get him to go .. lol.

I never had a problem with him ..

"Respect begins on the ground"
    07-12-2013, 02:34 PM
There are just oooooodles of threeads here on lunging, and folks who have the same issue as you do. Mostly it's due to body language being mixed up, and not being clear to the horse, or the horse never having lunged before.

Consider doing a search to see some of the other explanations, because there are some good ones out there.
    07-12-2013, 02:35 PM
Thank you! (: When this nasty weather passes I'll jump back out there with her and try it some more
    07-14-2013, 02:03 PM
When I got my horse he didnt know how to lunge and he would rather sidepass than walk a circle. My trainer taught him to walk by pointing where she wanted him to move with the hand holding the rope and doing big circles wit h the lunge whip to encourage him to move. Whenever he woukd take ine step she'd leave him alone and start over. I want to say the first circle took her about 15 minutes but by the end of our lesson he was lunging fine. I took about a year to learn though haha. It is all about figuringout how to ask for what you want. Good luck! :)

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