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        07-14-2013, 01:18 PM
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    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!

    Our new horse had the same problem. He had never been groundworked before - but worked with him a lot and he has improved greatly.

    When your mare goes around in a circle, just stand and follow her - don't ask any more of her but don't lose your boss posture.
    When she stops and faces you, ask again and again until he goes. But don't do it when she stops - as soon as you see her slow down to face you - immediately ask her up again. Once she gets going again, wait until she has made at least half a circle more than usual. Then YOU stop her and praise her. Do not let HER stop herself because that creates bad habits you do not want.

    Don't take any steps back and no steps forward to begin with - you want her to understand what you are asking of her before you add in any techniques. So if you go a week doing circles and she does great - then the next week continue,don't immediately go into a circle with a back flip and a lead change while flying. (If you know what I mean)
         
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        07-23-2013, 01:29 PM
      #12
    Foal
    A few tips I have would be to always keep the line taught, slack in the line can cause a tripping hazard to you, as well as the horse does not have any sort of contact on his face, which is important because you need to have control.
    I always try and stand at the shoulder line (much like when just leading) and not let the horse go to forward, or slug behind. I also move my feet quite a bit, but not in a huge circle, they stay at one spot and I just turn around.
    I also make a V (like the drive line previously mentioned) shape with the whip and lunge line, and always trail the whip behind but never use it. It acts a reassurance so the horse knows that he is working. By creating a V with the line, it almost makes a box around the horse, where you have control. If he's too slow you can bring the whip a little closer and if he's to forward then you can move the whip back to let him relax.
    I also keep my feet in the same spot more or less, just turning around with the horse.

    Hopefully some of these tips help you as they have helped me :)
    Good luck
         
        07-23-2013, 04:06 PM
      #13
    Foal
    A lot of the time a horse will tell you when you are getting in front of the 'drive line' by not keeping pace, turn their head in and what my guy did when I first started lunging him is he kind of stutter stepped when he thought I was asking him to come into me. You'll learn what your horses signals are, but when you see them anticipating coming to you, take a half step towards their hind end to make sure you haven't slowly made your way in front of their drive line.

    Hope this helps!
         
        07-23-2013, 04:34 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by countryloco    
    A few tips I have would be to always keep the line taught, slack in the line can cause a tripping hazard to you, as well as the horse does not have any sort of contact on his face, which is important because you need to have control.
    I always try and stand at the shoulder line (much like when just leading) and not let the horse go to forward, or slug behind. I also move my feet quite a bit, but not in a huge circle, they stay at one spot and I just turn around.
    I also make a V (like the drive line previously mentioned) shape with the whip and lunge line, and always trail the whip behind but never use it. It acts a reassurance so the horse knows that he is working. By creating a V with the line, it almost makes a box around the horse, where you have control. If he's too slow you can bring the whip a little closer and if he's to forward then you can move the whip back to let him relax.
    I also keep my feet in the same spot more or less, just turning around with the horse.

    Hopefully some of these tips help you as they have helped me :)
    Good luck
    I know there are many different ways that people lunge their horse. I will disagree with some of the things or tips you've said.

    First, I think you should have some slack in the rope. Not enough where its dragging on the ground but not tight either. Having it tight can teach the horse to lean on it or pull against it. You don't need to have contact to have control.

    Next, when you make a V with the rope and stick, it can easily become "nagging" to the horse. They feel you keeping pressure with the stick and can't get a release. They can become dead to the stick or start ignoring it. If I'm not asking for more forward movement, I let the tip of the stick go to the ground and follow behind me.

    I will agree with keeping your feet still. Too many people move first to get the horse to move. They end up being the one that gets lunged. If you are having the horse trot or lope, it can make it easier for the horse if you walk in a small circle with the horse.
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        07-23-2013, 10:37 PM
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    Foal
    Thanks for your comment, I didn't explain myself clear enough, Hard to explain lunging via text but I keep some slack in he rope without dragging, exactly as you mentioned. As well the V shape is not directly boxed in with the horse sorry for my lack of explaining. I hold the whip low and trail it behind me.
    Sorry if I wasn't clear in how I do it
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        07-24-2013, 12:41 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I do know some people that actually do make the V with the rope and stick. There are also some trainers, even well named ones, that say to do it.
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        07-24-2013, 08:25 AM
      #17
    Foal
    I like to do it but not so much as a solid V, no need to hold the whip like that if the horse doesn't need it :) I didn; know big trainers did that, it just worked for me, especially with the babies and green horses
         
        07-25-2013, 01:33 AM
      #18
    HRS
    Foal
    Thank you all for the tips! (:
         
        07-25-2013, 08:19 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I just dealt with something similar with my new horse, and I was AMAZED at how easily corrected it was with the advice of the people here. Your situation isn't exactly the same, but maybe my thread will help: My new horse refuses to lunge tracking left
         

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