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    11-04-2009, 01:32 PM

How many of you lunge before you ride? Or those of you who lunge when training when do you take it out of your training routine.

I tend to starte my horses off on the lunge line before I ride to work on frame, carrying their head etc. But after about 10 rides I usually take the lunge work out and just focus on riding. If a problem does come up that I think the lunge line can fix I will work on it occasionaly.
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    11-04-2009, 01:54 PM
I only do it if I haven't ridden in 3+ days, just to make sure he's not feeling too frisky! Haha! I don't want to deal with attitude in the saddle, I'd rather see him working the way I want on the ground before I get up there to fine tune things. However, now that Bali lives at the bottom of a giant hill, going up the hill to the barn is sort of enough of a work out he never feels frisky anymore hahaha!

When he was younger I did it before every ride... along with join-up once a week...
    11-04-2009, 01:55 PM
I lunged my 3yo for the first 10-15 rides or so. But I also lunge her inbetween rides or if I go out of town or for some reason can't ride for a few days
    11-04-2009, 03:02 PM
Same here pretty much...if I havnt rode in a few days I will longe, I usually longe everytime I go to ride though, not to wear her out before I get on but just to "work out" her mind and the way she thinks and all that good stuff. It really helps to reinforce what you want on the longe line EVERY time before riding. A long time ago my teacher told me that when you longe a horse it should be to "work out" his mind more than to physically wear him out before riding.
    11-04-2009, 03:09 PM
I used to lunge religiously.....until one day I just mounted up and discovered that he was the same whether we worked in the round pen beforehand or not.
    11-05-2009, 08:08 AM
I generally don't, but I had to start again this week. We had a significant temperature drop and Jemma is way too fresh. She bucks from excess of energy and I have to run it off first. Otherwise she bucks when I start trotting. I lunged her twice this week and both times she was flying, farting and bucking on lunge for 10 mins or so before going to the trot.
    11-05-2009, 09:29 AM
Originally Posted by justsambam08    
I used to lunge religiously.....until one day I just mounted up and discovered that he was the same whether we worked in the round pen beforehand or not.
haha I am just the opposite !! I NEVER lunged ever for any reason before I rode, until I got a 3yo & found the benefits of it
    11-05-2009, 10:45 AM
I almost never lunge unless there is a problem. When I lunge its only to be able to assess the horse from the ground, or for young horses, build up muscle so they can balance themselves properly. Lunging is known to be bad for the legs, especially in excess. Free lunging on the other hand is fine and in my opinion, a lot better.
    11-05-2009, 10:48 AM
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I longe my three year old when he's sat for a week or so... just to let him get the buckies out, he's allowed to buck on the longe line. I don't know if other people see it that way but I don't correct him if he lets loose on the longe line (as long as he remains out on his circle)...
    11-05-2009, 11:09 AM
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I always lunge Lacey. It's kind of a combination of reasons why I lunge her, I lunge her because I really don't work her hard at all undersaddle once it starts getting rainy because there isn't any sort of sheltered riding area at her place so it gets slippery (and I'm afraid of her falling and me falling off but on the lunge she can trip as much as she wants and it's better) and I lunge her because straight out of the field she has a "I wanna do what I wanna do" type attitude which is handle-able but it's easier if I lunge her and get her listening.

I used to be super adverse to lunging but then I got Lacey and discovered that if I didn't lunge her, she'd rear and buck and all sorts of other fun things so I started lunging. Haha
In the eventuality I get another horse down the road I probably won't lunge them, unless of course they need it. Haha

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