Originally Posted by Prodomus
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!