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post #1 of 5 Old 11-01-2013, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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How to teach a horse to lunge

Hi! I bought an 8 yo Morgan/TB mix in March and I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to get him to lunge? I've been trying to start him but it seems like he just doesn't understand what I want him to do. I had another horse that I had to sell before going to school and teaching him to lunge was easy so I'm not sure if I'm doing something differently and not realizing it or if maybe there's something I'm missing?
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What aspect of lunging is he not understanding? Is he just not understanding the concept of leaving your side to go out on a circle? Is he cutting in/pulling out? Not going forward/voice commands?....?

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I teach lunging as an extension of leading/driving & if a horse doesn't understand what I'm asking, I ensure the basics of yielding & following body language up close is understood, before gradually increasing the distance until it's 'lunging'.
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Was he trained english or western? There are some slight differences, and that can really confuse a horse who was started in one and re-trained for the other.
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Usually lunging of a line can be really confusing for horses because they are so used to following the person when rope is attached, imagine how confused they can get when all of a sudden the person theyre supposed to follow says go.. not that your horse is stupid but some find this really hard to understand. A while back my barn got about 10 new ottb reject babies which most are now great hunters, we all wanted to see how they were and needed to be exercised so lunging was the first thing to do. My barn has a little enclosed arena that we took each one out to and just let them go when they began to slow down (since usually they trot first) thats when you teach them the basics; whip mean go, "woah", "cluck", etc are all taught through this keep them on the fence line so they get the feeling of you being in the middle and they on the circle. Do this a few times and then add on a lead line, have him halt and stand next to you then walk far enough to make a good 25 meter circle and then raise the whip, he should go back to how he was free lunging and under stand the whip's aid. If he walks toward you when you walk away make a wave with the line and jut out the whip so its tail gets his belly, every time he comes in take a demanding, powerful step and jut out the whip again, he should start to recognise the difference of lead line and lunge line by now and you may have to drop the whip before bringin him in to change directions or stop. :) hope this helps

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