Lately I've been solely free lunging Lacey and today when I lunged her on the line she was SO much lighter (usually she leans on the line) and she was much more responsive to my cues. She even was able to canter without leaning on the line, something she's never been able to do before. I think that free lunging her helped her learn how to carry herself better instead of relying on me.
I personally like free lunging better because I feel that it makes her brain work harder and it makes me unable to rely on the line to control her (I had been kind of relying on it to get Lacey into a walk from a trot instead of teaching her what I want). I also like it because she seems to like it the best, I let her loose in the arena and no matter how big the arena is she goes in a big circle around me, never going away.
I like it both ways. =)
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Rest peacefully, Lacey.