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    06-27-2012, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by usandpets    
The sending exercise should be after the horse knows how to lunge correctly
Now I am only 15 so please correct me if im wrong, but im am training a 11 month filly right now and I taught her the 'sending' exersise before she knew how to lunge.. is that wrong to teach that way? It was alot easier to teach her to send out before lunging because I would send her out and then start to circle her.. she would try to come back and I would just send her out again.. now we lunge easily..
     
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    06-27-2012, 06:20 PM
  #12
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Now I am only 15 so please correct me if im wrong, but im am training a 11 month filly right now and I taught her the 'sending' exersise before she knew how to lunge.. is that wrong to teach that way? It was alot easier to teach her to send out before lunging because I would send her out and then start to circle her.. she would try to come back and I would just send her out again.. now we lunge easily..
The sending exercise isn't just sending the horse away. It is sending the horse around you in half circles and stopping the horse. Then sending it the other way. You'd send the horse between you and an object so the horse keeps focusing on you instead of the object. You can also use it without an object but then it's basically lunging in half circles.
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    06-27-2012, 06:26 PM
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Honeyhoney - I understand the way you feel about hitting a horse. Many that don't like it think that that's abuse but it really isn't. Think of it as the lead horse. They will give fair enough warning for the other horse to move. If that horse doesn't move, the lead horse will kick or bite without any hesitation or remorse. Am I a horse? No. Can I act like a lead horse? You bet I can and will. If I can't or won't, I would never become a leader to them.

I'm not saying to beat your horse. If you give them a fair warning, it's not abuse.
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    06-27-2012, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by usandpets    
Do you have an experienced, not necessarily a trainer, person that could help you in person? They would be able to show you and correct you if you are doing it wrong.

The sending exercise should be after the horse knows how to lunge correctly.

First, hold your arm out with the rope and point to give direction. Your horse probably will not respond. In your other hand would be a cue stick, whip or end of the rope. Swing in big circles using your whole arm to create pressure for the horse to move away.

Most likely, your horse will just stand there or back away. Keep pointing and swinging your arm and start walking towards your horses head until the horse turns its front end away and moves forward. You may end up hitting the horse before it moves away. Some may not like doing that but you did already give the horse fair warning to move. When she does move forward, stop everything you are doing. Let your arms hang at the side. You are just trying to first teach her to move forward.

Once she gets that concept down, then you can work on keeping her moving forward and the stopping. Here's how I get them to stop. I slide my hand down the rope, pull the rope to my stomach, and step towards their tail. At first, they may think you are asking to go forward faster. Just repeat but this time swing your other arm towards their butt.

Repeat the whole thing except opposite arms for the other direction.

A word of caution: DON'T have her go more than 2 or 3 circles before stopping and changing directions. She will lose focus on you and will start pulling on you. If she does, start changing directions more often.

Once she gets decent at this, you can start on changing her direction without stopping. It's a little more complicated so I won't go into it right now. Just let me know if you would like info on that.
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This sounds really interesting, I have never heard of this before!! I'm hoping to learn how to lunge, as I have never had the chance before. :)
     
    06-27-2012, 06:54 PM
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With regard to hitting your horse;

Think of it more like they ignore all the signs of "move or you will be run over", so they end up connecting with the whip or swinging lead rope that is approaching them. You aren't trying to HIT them . You are creating a "WALL' of pressure that is moving toward them. They have every opportunity to move away from the wall, but if they arent' paying attention, or don't think the wall has any bite to it, then they experience the truth.
The instant they move from that pressure, it must dissolve.
Most of the time that I need to move a horse's shoulder away from me, such as make it move out onto the circle for lunging, I start to apply the moving wall of pressure with just my finger tips tapping at the air, aimed at their cheekbone area. I move toward them implaccably, and if they don't read my body language, then my hands run into their face, and boom! They get a surprise. They swing their head, and thus their shoulder away from me, and I drop my hands to my side, all pressure off.
Next time, all I have to do is lean a little toward them and raise hands to tap at the air, and they step right over. I don't reach out and hit them. I am like hitting the air while moving toward them, and if they don't move I just happen to run into them.

Can you see the difference?
     

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