How to teach a horse to lunge

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How to teach a horse to lunge

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    11-18-2010, 04:55 AM
How to teach a horse to lunge

I'm not inexperienced with groundwork, i've had my pony for a long time, but due to illness I havent been able to keep consistent training with him at times, but something I need to learn to do is to lunge him.
If I try he thinks im leading him.
Me and my friend have tried this- I stood in the center and she walked him in a circle around me, he did it for a while but didnt have any idea what he was doing. Any tips?
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    11-18-2010, 07:47 AM
Green Broke
There are two areas on a horse. One will drive him forward one will have him stop. The area to drive is behind his shoulder. The one to stop is in front of the shoulder. For one do this alone without some one leading him. Only you. You may need a crop or lunge whip to get him to move forward. To start out, keep him on a shorter lead for more control. Stand behind his shoulder, hold out the lunge line one way or another(left) or (right). Give him your cue to move forward: cluck. If he gets confused make sur you stay behind his shoulder and continue to hold your lead out and cluck then if necessary tap him on the rear to get a forward movement. Stay behind the shoulder or he will not move forward. Keep the lead close until he starts to understand what you want. Do not let him stop on his own. You keep him going until you say he can stop. Do this both ways. If he leans into you or the circle tap his inside shoulder. When he gets the idea slowly give him more line but not too much where you start to loose control of his feet. I hope this helps. You may get frustrated but stay calm and understand he will get it if you stay consistent and be the one in control.
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    11-18-2010, 08:55 AM
I would suggest watching some of clinton andersons videos on roundpenning. That's hoe I taught my horse to lunge and it was really easy.
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    11-18-2010, 09:32 AM
Pony, since you have threads asking how to lunge and how to ride it is probably best to simply find yourself a trainer at this point. Your trainer can teach you and help you teach your pony.
    11-18-2010, 11:25 AM
Green Broke
Guess I didn't see her post on how to ride. It says in the beginning of this thread she isn't inexperienced so I guess I don't get it. But if this is the case, I agree with Always.
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    11-18-2010, 11:32 AM
Mbender, here is the other thread.

Training my pony to ride- where do i start?
    11-18-2010, 01:08 PM
Green Broke
Oh ya I saw that one and didn't reply. How come she says she isn't inexperienced? Ok. She does need help with this or she may get hurt. Sorry, but you'd rather make sure your safe than sorry.
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    11-18-2010, 04:55 PM
Alwaysbehind, there is a misunderstanding. I know how to ride (the basics, butonly with walking. Not much trotting.i've ridden before.)That thread was not "How to ride" it was how to get over fear, and just tips, and the one which you postedwas on how to start a pony for riding. THeres a huge diference in knowing how to ride and how to train a pony, and i've had enough people correcting me on those other threads, too. Trust me, I wouldnt depend on an online message board to learn how to ride. Im smarter than that, do you honestly think my parents would by me a horse f I didnt know how to care for and work with him?
I'm not inexepreinced in groundwork is what i'm saying. I've never been into riding,but I have worked with many horses from the ground. I've trained horses (including the young pony im talking about) to lead, to halt, to back, to high step, and many different things, every horse is different- and this particular pony has trouble with certain things (trotting, and lunging in this case.) I don't need a trainer to teach me to lunge-i just need to understand more on how to do it because as I said before, he's never been lunged by anyone. Just because I don't know how to lunge or much about riding does NOT mean that I don't know how to work with horses, so please don't assume things like that. I don't need to pay money to be taught how to lunge, im sorry but im tired of people that think that because I don't ride that im not a true horsemen.
THANKS mbender and gypsy for the helpful tips, though.
PS mbender, your statement was far off and im not going to waste my time telling you why your wrong, lol.
    11-18-2010, 05:04 PM
Originally Posted by PonyAngel    
I know how to ride (the basics, butonly with walking. Not much trotting.i've ridden before.)
We obviously have a very different opinion of what knowing how to ride is. You basically say you know how to sit on a horse while it walks.
I am sorry, but that is not riding. That is sitting on a horse while it walks.

Originally Posted by PonyAngel    
do you honestly think my parents would by me a horse f I didnt know how to care for and work with him?
You would not be the first or last.

Originally Posted by PonyAngel    
I'm not inexepreinced in groundwork is what i'm saying.
Lunging is ground work.

I do not get why people get all upset when you suggest a trainer like working with a trainer some how is a bad thing.

Even the olympic level riders work with a trainer.

You did not learn how to do math by having someone on a forum answer a few questions. You had a teacher.

Why not find a trainer who can help you with all your issues at once?

Trainer is not a bad word.
    11-18-2010, 05:09 PM
Honestly, I don't care about riding right now. So just leave me alone about that- its sad I can't make a post in a forum about horses without people making assumptions. Everyone starts somewhere, and in my spot, it's knowing how to steer, stop, and cue to walk. You have to start somewhere to get along, so please leave me alone about that- this thread is about lunging, not riding.
ANd you don't have to point out to me that lunging is groundwork, obviously you think im an idiot or something.
I know that a trainer is not a bad thing. I am saying I don't have enough money for that, and all im needing to learn right now is lunging, and didnt you see me say, "I would not depend on a message board to teach me something like this?"
I have plenty of friends who work with horses too, who can help me, i'm just trying to read some tips, is that too much to ask?
Don't make assumptions about people just from reading 3 threads they post online.

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