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    09-19-2010, 07:33 PM
  #1
Foal
Unhappy I need help with how to retrain lunging (without a line)

I haven't been able to really work with my horses for a long time (about two years...), and FINALLY I tried to lunge my horse today... only to find that it seems she's totally forgotten! I tried every method I knew and even turned to a bunch of articles and videos for help, but nothing's worked. She just kinda stands there and looks at me like, "what are you doing?" Her worst problem is that she simply won't get started walking in a circle (or even walking at all, really...) She just swings her hindquarters around, just sort of pivoting on her front legs, moving in a circle around herself. I even tried using a lunge line with her, even though I have never used one with her before (and would like to keep it that way). She would always move by herself with just a small snap of the whip. Now she doesn't respond to anything. I know she'll eventually move if I keep cracking my whip at her, but I don't want to just scare her into moving! I'm really quite frustrated, and I'd very much appreciate some help...
     
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    09-19-2010, 07:40 PM
  #2
Foal
Your not going to want to hear this.. but snap her with the whip once or twice should be all it takes just to show her your serious...
     
    09-19-2010, 08:06 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by mjnltnmh    
your not going to want to hear this.. but snap her with the whip once or twice should be all it takes just to show her your serious...
Well, I've had to do that before, and as much as I hate it it has worked in the past... however, I did try it a few times today, but she just looked alarmed and STILL didn't move!
     
    09-19-2010, 08:37 PM
  #4
Yearling
Just out of curiosity may I ask why you don't want to use a lounge line?

I could be totally wrong here but maybe a session or two with the line to help keep her facing forward and under your control you could try again?
     
    09-19-2010, 08:59 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Zeke    
Just out of curiosity may I ask why you don't want to use a lounge line?

I could be totally wrong here but maybe a session or two with the line to help keep her facing forward and under your control you could try again?
I don't want to use a line because I've never had to before, so for one thing I'd be pretty much teaching her something completely new. I also just prefer communicating with her through body language and voice and such, it kind of is like our time to do some real trust-building and such.
I did try the line just to see what would happen, but as I pulled forward on the line and faced the whip toward the back of her legs she just sidled her hind legs over and stayed close to me. I don't know how to get her to actually start to walk/run in a circle, she just stays close to me.
     
    09-20-2010, 06:42 AM
  #6
Weanling
Are you in a roundpen while you are asking her to free-lunge?
     
    09-20-2010, 07:55 AM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Seahorseys    
are you in a roundpen while you are asking her to free-lunge?
Yes, I am. And she's worked in round pens plenty of times before, including lots of free-lunging. The problem is that I can't even get to her to start moving in a circle anymore, line or not. I'm currently reworking voice commands to see if that will help...
     
    09-20-2010, 10:41 AM
  #8
Weanling
To get her started, try walking her in a circle (by holding her halter) with the whip in your other hand and near her hind end.

Then, while she is still moving forward, take a couple steps back while keeping yourself behind her shoulder and aimed at her back end and push her forward. Be sure your shoulders are facing towards her butt and do not step in front of her shoulder.

See if you can get her started that way.
     
    09-20-2010, 12:05 PM
  #9
Yearling
Have you tried the plastic bag method? I.e, make her so darned uncomfortable she WANTS to move?

I ask nicely first, then progressively make them more uncomfortable. Crack the whip, if she doesn't go. Crack it again. Still nothing? Bring out the bag. Shake it behind her rump. Unless she's very well broke as far as 'spooky objects' go, it's a pretty sure fire way to get her moving.
     
    09-20-2010, 01:18 PM
  #10
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by DubyaS6    
To get her started, try walking her in a circle (by holding her halter) with the whip in your other hand and near her hind end.

Then, while she is still moving forward, take a couple steps back while keeping yourself behind her shoulder and aimed at her back end and push her forward. Be sure your shoulders are facing towards her butt and do not step in front of her shoulder.

See if you can get her started that way.
Thanks for the tip, I'll try that method this afternoon and tell you how it went.
     

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