I'm so confused by the hunter world's hatred of lungeing?!?!
Let me give some background before my question...
After competing as a Pony Clubber all through Junior High and High School and then competing in college, both times as a hunter jumper, I decided at 21 to just enjoy horses. I didn't compete or jump really for about 8 years because it had too much drama, competition, etc. and I just wanted to relax and ride. For eight years I just enjoyed horses, and then last summer and this summer I re-entered the world of competitions and showing. Last summer I just did local open pleasure and equitation classes, and then I trained all fall, winter, and spring to learn to be competitive in jumping again. This summer I started showing over fences. After not being in the hunter world for that long I have now discovered, I guess by sticking my foot in my mouth twice, that people really hate the lunge line.
1st time - I mentioned in passing that I lunge my horse if she hasn't been ridden for a week or so or during the weather change (summer to fall or winter to spring) because I like to see what her energy level is going to be like from the ground before I place my butt in the saddle (I don't really bounce that well off the ground these days
). After this remark, I thought I would be bludgeoned on the spot. The reaction was over the top and basically implied that if I can't handle my horse I shouldn't ride her.
2nd time - So earlier today I was riding and minding my own business and a new boarder entered the ring and asked if her horse looked off to me. I stopped my horse, watched her go around a couple times and told her what I thought. She kept asking me all these questions on why I thought it was off and what she should do, and I told her that I sometimes lunge my mare, especially after the farrier has changed her shoeing or something, to see how she is moving from the ground since you can't see from their back, and, lo and behold, the look she shot me could have pierced my skin
. She politely told me that she doesn't believe in lungeing. What? Even if it means seeing how your horse moves and whether it is off or not? Of course I didn't say this, I just politely started riding again because everyone is entitled to their opinions and I don't give mine unless asked.
So, after my explanation/rant, here is the question...
Is there something wrong with the lunge line that I don't know about? I don't use it that much, maybe once or twice a month, but why wouldn't you want to see how your horse is moving or try to check an energy level after time off. I don't get it?!?!