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post #1 of 3 Old 08-07-2008, 04:35 AM Thread Starter
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How to teach a young pony to lunge???

I am trying to teach Angel to lunge. For those who aren't aware quick rundown... almost 3yo filly, green broke, lots of in hand training/shows.

She doesn't know how to lunge and I would like to start lunging her to build up her top line before I start her under saddle again. Or if someone has any other suggestions for building topline let me know.

So can anyone answer these questions for me???? Pretty please biggrin.gif

Do you teach how to lunge in a round yard or open paddock? (I have a round yard but it is not fenced, just tyres which she can jump out of :S)
Do you have one or two people to train them to lunge and where are the people?
What equipment do you use?
What commands do you use? (Angel doesn't seem to respond to voice commands such as walk, trot, whoa etc)
Any other tips/hints/suggestions?

Thanks in advance, I really appreciate opinions and help!

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-07-2008, 09:09 PM
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I just thought my 1 year old to lunge. If you have a round pen that is ideal so the horse has no corner to stop in. All you need is a long whip and a lunge line. The main thing you have to do is stand near the rear of the horse and start to cluck if you have to snap the whip to get this attention. Once you get the horse going hold the whip extended near the horses neck/head to keep him from running back to the center. The main thing to do is keep clucking or snapping the whip don't over snap it but keep his attention. The more you do it the more he will understand. Also a keep point is DO NOT over work him. If he does a couple good circles tell him good boy/girl and then stop. Ending each session on a positive note is the Key.

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-09-2008, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply. I try to keep training to a maximum of 20 minutes. This includes walk/trot transitions and walk/halts. Then changing sides. She has a very short attention span and soooo easily distracted by everything, even poop on the ground :S

Anyway one else got some help?
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