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post #11 of 12 Old 07-05-2012, 03:58 PM
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Remember that these videos are made while I am lunging, so they are merely taken to show her moving, and I am not working at this stage.

Video 1, Emmy a couple of days after she arrived

Emmy in the round pen - YouTube

and 9 days and around 5 sessions later, the first time I put side reins on her, as you can see they are very very loose, but to me she completely changes her way of going even with that little amount on her. Excuse the hesitation at the start, we are also working on ignoring random scary objects like tarps and pool noodles that appear in the work area.

Emmy in side reins - YouTube
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post #12 of 12 Old 07-05-2012, 04:16 PM
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I agre with the fact people should be properly taught to use side reins and a surcingle. In properly used can cause a lot more harm than good

QUOTE=StephanieMills;1582198]It is very important to take lessons on longeing before doing it, especially if you say you aren't very good at it and your horse isn't good at it. Find an instructor to walk you through it and give you input.

You need to have the correct equipment for longeing. A stiff caveson, surcingle, side reins, 35' longe line, and a long longe whip. Start out with just the caveson and longe line. The horse should start out next to you and move away when you ask. You should feed the line out to the horse, keeping contact the entire time...just like in the saddle...the line should never be slack. You should be able to flex your fingers and influence the horse, helping to rebalance and correct as necessary, without having to take up slack to get there.

Until your horse will longe on a taut line do not try side reins. Keep the horse forward and away from you with the should be long enough that you can flick the horse with the whip at any moment to back up your voice aids. Otherwise reel the horse in so that it is making a smaller circle.

Practice half halting the horse, flex your fingers quickly and release to give small tugs when the horse bends away from you or gets strung out. Use your voice/whip to keep the horse moving forward with impulsion.

Once your horse will longe on a taut line and respond to half halts you can introduce the side reins...using them on the caveson, not the bit. You may need to get sliding side reins since your horse likes to suck back. You'll definitely want an instructor to help you with those, they can be tricky to get situated and adjusted correctly.[/QUOTE]
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