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    02-27-2009, 06:13 PM
long lining exercises

I long line my 9 year old app gelding. He was doing awesome when I first introduced it to him. It was like he has done it before.
Then when it started getting colder and the snow/ice began to fall, I didn't do anything with him.
Now that it's getting warmer out, I'd like to start up again.
I long line him as opposed to lunging because he has arthritis and I want to keep his joints in good condition for as long as possible.
There are ground poles, jumps, cones and barrels where I am. And I did do some courses where he had to weave in and out of the cones.
We have done things at the walk and trot and also got him to back up.
This has all been done in an arena. I'm not yet confident enough to take him outside the arena.

Are there any exercises I can do to get him better at it? Would it be ok to set up ground poles and have it go over it?
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    02-27-2009, 07:05 PM
You could do figure 8s around the cones, back him through the weave pattern (no one ever said you couldn't BACK the course!), have him go sideways a little bit, ground poles, transitions.....possibilities are endless! :)
    02-27-2009, 07:08 PM
You might get some inspiratiuon from this video.

I am thinking of the lateral work shown maybe at the walk ?


    02-27-2009, 07:08 PM
I don't know if he knows how to go sideways. I might look into teaching him that.
    02-27-2009, 07:12 PM
Wow Spyder that video is really cool!
Haha if only Gem could do stuff like that!
I'll definitely incorporate new things into it and see how he does.
    02-27-2009, 07:20 PM
Originally Posted by appylover31803    
Wow Spyder that video is really cool!
Haha if only Gem could do stuff like that!
I'll definitely incorporate new things into it and see how he does.
A lot of people don't realize that there is way more to "lunging" than simple lunging.

Long linging is a wonderful exercise to work young horses in.

I had my boy doing walk/trot ...shoulder in, leg yields.turns on the fore and hind and half pass before I even made my first ride on him.
    02-27-2009, 07:49 PM
Oh wow!
That's awesome Spyder.

I started looking to long lining Gem after all his x-rays and everything. He really seems to enjoy it and frees up a lot so I can really move about with him.
    02-27-2009, 09:24 PM
Green Broke
I have been really wanting to try long lining on thunder, but sometimes when he's on the lung, he just gets these random spurts and catches the right angle and takes off yanking the line out of my hands. It doesn't happen often, but I would be nervous that if something went wrong on the long lining that there would problems with the bit and the amount of contact, ect.Also Spyder, I just learned to teach Thunder pivoting and side passing, but I was taught to do it with pressure using my hands. Is there a different way of doing it on the long line?

Also, sorry for hijacking the thread DA
    02-27-2009, 09:53 PM
Originally Posted by free_sprtd    
Also Spyder, I just learned to teach Thunder pivoting and side passing, but I was taught to do it with pressure using my hands. Is there a different way of doing it on the long line?
My boy wasn't even 2 at the time I started out with hand/whip cues. I got it to the point that just raising my hand towards a side caused him to move over so taking a very short line ( I was no more than 2-3 feet from him and I used a buggy whip (for length) just touching one side or the other would move him to where I wanted. Now it just became a matter of standing behind and having him walk on with a light tap of left or right line would make him move away from the tapping. So now instead of a horse just standing there and sidepassing or pivoting I could do it while in motion.

This is a wonderful way of getting a horse not yet broke to understand future aids. When I actually did start to ride he already accepted the bit, could move away with the legs. He got broke in 10 minutes in the middle of a snow storm with the arena sides rattling enough to spook most horses.

Getting piaffe and passage later on was not difficult from there.

So yup Natural Horsemanship with common sense works with all disciplines.
    02-27-2009, 10:04 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for the tips. I'll just start with the hand and ill get my whip out and go from there thanks!

I was told to put pressure in the rib cage behind leg position to have them pivot on the front, pressure about where your leg would go/girth area to have them sidepass, and pressure on the shoulder to get them to pivot on the hind. Does that sound about right? Also when doing it on the long line, do you use different pressures on the bit while tapping, or keep it steady?

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