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post #1 of 6 Old 02-12-2009, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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how to start lunging

What do I need to know to get the fat appy to start lunging. I do not think he has done it before. Any help would be great!

12 days until Twiztid ( i get to see my Jamie) then two months until graduation.
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-12-2009, 03:08 PM
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I would get a lunge line and also bring in a lunge whip (or some long object with a string on the end) You don't have to use the lunge whip, but it's there if you need it. Also, never hit the horse with the whip, always do it right behind them.

My mare doesn't lunge so well at the walk. She makes more of an oval than a circle. I tell her "Out" and sometimes I'll push her with the lunge whip and other times I'll sort of walk towards her (it will create pressure without touching her) and she'll move out.
Sometimes though, I will have to walk sort of like I'm leading her, only she'll be 10ish feet away from me and I'll move in a small circle. That seems to help her too.

Don't make lunging about just making him race around you. Use it as a training session. Work on voice commands, upward and downward transitions, halting, and change of directions.

At first I would only lunge for 20 min. (10 min each way) and do it mostly at the walk and some trot work. Do that for about a 5-7 days and slowly ask him to trot longer, therefore increasing the time you're lunging him.

Depending on his fitness level and how well he does at lunging, you could start asking for the canter at about 2-3 weeks in. Make sure when you do start cantering him that the circle is big enough for him to canter.

I'm lunging 2 of my 3, and I'm starting out with some simple stuff and just getting Montana used to voice commands on the ground and some respect stuff too. I always praise both of them when they are doing something I like (Usually with just a "good boy" "good girl" or just a "good!"

You can also incorporate obstacles in your lunging (ground poles, tarps, small jumps, etc) that will all help them lose fat and start to build up muscle.
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-12-2009, 03:16 PM
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Yeah Just Simpley Put The Lunge Line On And The Whip And Go, But I Know Some Horses Are Not That Easy...

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-12-2009, 03:17 PM
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I would advise you look at some videos or TV like Clinton Anderson, on lunging, because it is not as easy as you might think. You have to know where to put the pressure on and how to get them to move away from you and forward. All of the above advise from appylover is good.

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post #5 of 6 Old 02-12-2009, 03:29 PM
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Oh, there's a book from Cherry Hill called 101 Lunging and Long Lining exercises. They take you though everything you need to know about lunging (and long lining) and different "lessons to do"
Horse Training Book: 101 Longeing (lungeing,lunging) and Long Lining Exercises, English and Western by Cherry Hill

The design of the book allows you to put it over the fence so you can always look at it.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-13-2009, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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okay thanks

12 days until Twiztid ( i get to see my Jamie) then two months until graduation.
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