Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
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?!
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.
If lunging is done correctly - it is an excellent way to warm the horse up, determine soundness and attentiveness.
My horses can stop, pivot, change gaits and change pace on the lunge line. What they cannot do - as opposed to a round pen - is run off wildly and change direction anytime they so choose.
Round penning is basically free lunging. The only thing a horse cannot do on a line vs free is to roll back to the rail.