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View Poll Results: Does your horse enjoy longlining?
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post #1 of 28 Old 01-02-2010, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Loungeing a horse?!

  • How do you longline a horse?
  • What equipment is needed?
  • Should you do a small amount of longlining before each ride to see how the horses behavior is?
  • Do you enjoy longlining?
  • Does it benefit to the horse?
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post #2 of 28 Old 01-02-2010, 11:16 PM
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First of all do you truly mean Long Lining or are you reffering to lunging?

Long lining is the act of driving your horse from the ground with two long lines attached to each side of the bit. It is how you begin to teach a horse to drive a cart.

Lunging is when you go around in a circle on one line and is employed for several reasons ranging from getting some energy out before a ride and keeping a horse in work.
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post #3 of 28 Old 01-02-2010, 11:30 PM
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i dont usually lunge before i ride, but right now i have been lunging my 3yo before i get on. mostly because she hasnt been running around outside because of all the ice & i dont think its fair to expect her to be quiet undersaddle as i dont ride her longer than 30 minutes 2-4times per week. i usually lunge her with a lunge line clipped to a rope halter

i dont longline

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post #4 of 28 Old 01-02-2010, 11:38 PM
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Once a horse is started I do not lunge. They know how if needed for some reason but I do not lunge just to lunge as it is not needed. Tends to teach bad habits waists time and most places at shows there is no room so I am not going to start something.

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post #5 of 28 Old 01-02-2010, 11:44 PM
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I love when people spell lunging "lounging"... it makes me visualize myself in a hammock sipping a margarita while my horse runs around me in circles so I don't have to do anything.. :oP

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post #6 of 28 Old 01-03-2010, 12:25 AM
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  • How do you longline a horse? In the arena, (I use a dressage whip to start) Give the horse like 2 feet of rope and try to get them to go into a circle around you. Try to get the horse into a bigger and bigger circle each time you lunge. Lunging uses A LOT of body language to get him to do what you want him to do. I raise my hand and stop squarely to stop him but use what ever feels best.
  • What equipment is needed? I prefer to use a rope halter and rope line but you can use what ever works best for you. You can put the saddle on or leave it off; again which ever works best for your situation.
  • Should you do a small amount of longlining before each ride to see how the horses behavior is? We ALWAYS lunge before we ride. It lets the horses see what is around them, stretch their muscles, and lets us see what sort of mood a horse is in.
  • Do you enjoy longlining? It can make you dizzy :) but, it is a great training and exercise tool for you and your horse
  • Does it benefit to the horse? orThere are almost too many reasons why lunging is awesome for your horse! Working muscles, improving flexation, concentration, and obedience to name a few!
  • Just ask if you have any other questions I am a fan of lunge work! :)
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post #7 of 28 Old 01-03-2010, 12:34 AM
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I don't lunge everytime before I ride. Usually when I lunge it's to train her, not to get her tired before I ride. Although lately, they havn't gotten out because it's either been too icy or too soft and they tear everything up, so I might lunge her for a little bit before I ride next time.

Someone stated above that it teaches the horse's bad habits when you lunge them...while this may be true it is a very thin line. The horse only learns bad habits from the lunge if you let them get away with it. Just because you are on ground and not in saddle does not mean that when they do something bad on lunge you don't have to repremand them like you would in the saddle. Repremand them constantly if they do something bad at any time.

As for getting dizzy...this is very true! Haha...I already have some focusing problems for some reason so it just intensifies when I lunge and sometimes when I stop for a second I have to close my eyes or else I would literally fall over, but thats only if I was lunging for a while.

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post #8 of 28 Old 01-03-2010, 12:47 AM
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I always lunge Summer before we ride. I also lunge before I put her in the trailer, when I'm bored, or before we do halter/showmanship work. It just gets her focusing on me better, and I think it helps with muscling a lot. It's also where we get/have gotten the most bonding time.
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post #9 of 28 Old 01-03-2010, 12:52 AM
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How do you longline a horse?
-Depends where you are and what you want to accomplish.

What equipment is needed?
-Depends where you are and what you want to accomplish. Halter, lead, saddle, bridle, training sursingle, training rig, longe whip, dressage whip, "carrot stick" ect. are all tools used for different purposes.

Should you do a small amount of longlining before each ride to see how the horses behavior is?
-If you want, IMO you cannot gauge a horses "mood" just from longing... most people do it because they are somewhat afraid of their horse, if the horse acts good on a line they ride, if not they don't. Some people also longe for a "warmup" to get the horse ready for under saddle work or to release pent up energy from inappropriate stalling.

Do you enjoy longlining?
-Not really. I personally find it unnecessary when I can do the same thing under saddle.

Does it benefit to the horse?
-In some cases, when done properly, not when you are just driving the horse around in a circle or chasing it around a pen or arena with whip...

It can be very detrimental to a horses muscular and skeletal structures if done wrong (i.e. in too small an area, wrong footing, too often for too long a period of time, in only one direction or primarily one direction, ect. the list goes on and on.)

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post #10 of 28 Old 01-03-2010, 12:55 AM
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I am right on par with nrhareiner. After I have a horse going pretty good, I hardly ever lunge them. The last horse I lunged after about ride 3 was my mustang Koda. That was only because he had been turned out for several months with no riding (and wasn't very broke to begin with). I am sure there are times when lunging would be productive, but I just don't see much point in working on stuff on the lunge line that I could work on from the saddle.

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