Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
May I ask, is there a reason why you lunge?
I personally dislike lunging. I think it's a waste of time unless it's being used to exercise a horse you cannot ride. Lunging is boring to horses, and hard work. I find horses become quite crabby when they're asking to work in circles for 10-15 minutes and then they have to get ridden as well?!
I spend time doing groundwork with my youngsters in the beginning. The first few rides I put on Jynxy, I round penned her because I wanted her alert to her cues and my voice before getting on and letting her sort out any bucks she may have for the saddle. This isn't quite the same as lunging because I'm making her stop and pivot and change gaits and change pace, and keeping her on her toes to get her attention on me.
Now, I do not round pen her. I do not want any horse I own feeling like they need to "work the kinks" out before I mount up. They have plenty of time to do that in the pasture, and now I want to ride you so you can behave for the next 60 minutes. Jynx has limited amounts of energy to begin with, and now that I've stopped round penning her before rides, I find her MUCH easier to ride. She's not exerting all her energy running in pointless circles, and even as a coming 3 year old filly, I do not have any issues with her acting silly when I mount up.
So just a suggestion. Unless there is a very specific reason on why he needs to be lunged, I'd scrap it. You've already managed to make him bored and annoyed by the time you're done lunging, and that's not a good place for him to be now that you want to ride.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.