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post #1 of 16 Old 12-31-2009, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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longlining my 3 yr old Stallion

Here is a link to a video of pics longlining my 3 yr old stallion - this is the first time I have taught a horse to long line and he is doing so well - this is the forth time he has done it.


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he is beautiful :)

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He's gorgeous! What a lovely boy.
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wow he's only 3 !? He's gorgeous ! Hey can I ask , what is the purpose of long-lineing other than teaching to drive a cart . Is there any?
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^ a lot of dressage people do it on their horses. Especially seen with the Lippizaners

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hm maybe ill have to start a new thred I don't want to clog this one
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long lining allows you to work with a horse that is not yet under saddle - teaching them to work with the bit, halt, trot and start to understand half halts long before a rider is on their back.

It also gets them used to things around their legs and back end when the lines get down there.

You can work on teaching straightness, yeilding and even piaffe and passage.

I started with longlining to give me space away from him in case he kicks out. The next level is long reining - where I will be a lot closer to him.

He is such a big guy - 17.2hh - so we will probably not be on his back until late summer or fall of 2010 - by then I should be able to drive him around the outside field at walk, trot, half halts and will understand some yeilding.

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Ah I see. Very educating =D thank you for that.
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long lining allows you to work with a horse that is not yet under saddle - teaching them to work with the bit, halt, trot and start to understand half halts long before a rider is on their back.

It also gets them used to things around their legs and back end when the lines get down there.

You can work on teaching straightness, yeilding and even piaffe and passage.

I started with longlining to give me space away from him in case he kicks out. The next level is long reining - where I will be a lot closer to him.

He is such a big guy - 17.2hh - so we will probably not be on his back until late summer or fall of 2010 - by then I should be able to drive him around the outside field at walk, trot, half halts and will understand some yeilding.
I have always been interested in how you teach a horse to half halt when long lining. I taught my last colt to long line, walk, trot, transition down, halt, left and right. I took him around the neighborhood and by the schools and up and down the roads, but I have always been interested in how to teach them some of the more advanced stuff!
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When I ground drive, I use the rings just below the top ring. I then pass the offside rein over the horse's back and drive that way. It puts the reins more at hand level. It also is easier to do trot and canter work as the offside rein isn't hitting the horse on the hock. As the horse gets better, you can easily do trot (and later canter) figure eights. I do lead changes through walk before I ever get on a horse's back.

You stand in the middle of the ring and drive from the side (like longing). To turn, you steer him a little towards the center of the circle and then turn him to the outside in a half turn. Lift your hands up and allow the reins to pass over the back. At trot and canter, you will have to run a little until the turn is finished, but that's all. You can drive all gaits that way without running behind the horse.

I am getting ready to start a young gelding soon. Maybe I can get someone to video this method, if anyone is interested. It will be in warmer weather, I ASSURE you!!
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