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        08-26-2010, 09:30 PM
      #11
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by MissPhoebe    
    Also, all the people (sorry to make an age assumption here) that have expressed there disapproval are college age, so maybe they still bounce when they hit the ground !
    Although I have 5 degrees I have not been in college for many many years. My dislike of lunging has little to do with age or how will I may or may not bounce.

    Can not speak to the reasons for others.
         
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        08-26-2010, 09:39 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I don't ever longe unless I am wondering if rena is lame, or any other hrose. But im not against it, It has its place.
         
        08-26-2010, 09:45 PM
      #13
    Banned
    I think it has its place. I would always round pen my last horse for just a few minutes. He was a moody bugger and it was nice to see what kind of ride I was in for before I put a foot in the stirrup. I also didn't have as much time to ride. If he had 5 days off, I needed to see which horse I was getting. The one who didn't much care and just had extra energy or the one who thought I was interupting his vacation.
         
        08-26-2010, 09:48 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I see people making their horse lunge for 20+ minutes. Round and round and round. It just seems so unnecessary and seems to really make the horses cranky. Can't blame them. I wouldn't want to go round and round and round either.
         
        08-26-2010, 10:38 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I think lunging will always have it's place in my training routine. Sure, if you were just making the horse go round and round and round then it would be pretty useless. But it can be very useful in a training program, when you use it correctly.

    I have to admit, with my last horse I had to lunge her for 10 or 15 minutes before I felt comfortable riding her. I stopped riding for a few years and then got her, a crazy OTTB who kicked me and broke my jaw. I eventually conquered my fear of her, and eventually I even stopped lunging her before a ride. I then re-homed her because she was too much for me in the limited time I have post-kids.
         
        08-26-2010, 10:44 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Personally, I lunge my horse when needed, mainly if I'm worried about how much energy she'll have, like today. My job has been crazy, have only ridden her once in the past week plus - lunged her for ten minutes to get the buck out. She was still very fresh when I climbed on, but no more rodeo antics.

    My trainer (H/J A/AA barn) will also use it for conditioning a horse. She will use a training system (can't remember what it is called) that helps with framing a horse up properly and encouraging proper use of their body. She will use this a lot with greener horses and those coming back from an injury.

    She will also lunge when the rider needs time on the lunge line for their own education. Then of course when the horse needs some energy out before a ride.
         
        08-27-2010, 07:43 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Personally I quite like lunging, I don't use it very often or for very long but I find it useful. It helps my mare improve balance and also improves her response to my voice cues which in return improves my flatwork. Currently I'm trying to encourage her to bring her head into a comfortable outline position, often I school alone so I can't judge exactly if her head is correct or too tucked in. Lunging helps me to monitor her progress.

    I just think it's one of those things that some horses respond well to and others don't, if you find it works for you then happy days!
         
        08-27-2010, 08:20 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    I like it but very rarely do it.

    On my competiotion horses I lunge after a hard competition to just check there not stiff etc and it allows me to see is there any soreness.

    I also lunge from winter to spring because I only do dressage in winter so reintroducing the jymp is done with me firmly on the ground.

    I lunge m ponies to see how there developing because I don't ride them someone else does I like to see what progress is being made( im to tall to ride them properly)
    I do it after nijuries etc

    However I do prefer long reining to lunging
         
        08-27-2010, 11:50 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I see how it has its uses. However I don't, I don't even know HOW to lunge a horse properly to be right honest. My wife does but I think her TB is the only one of the four that really knows how. My appy can, but what's the point with him? He's a deadbeat horse! Lol.

    Anyhow, the wife started lunging that TB a LOT last fall/winter. Neither one of us were riding him. She just didn't have the skill and he had me stumped. When I started riding him in early spring I told her to STOP LUNGING THAT HORSE! Let him think about something else. I don't know the last time he saw a lunge line other than when the farrier comes and he's a butt (it's the only thing we've got with a chain, which is why it comes out). Now he's like everybody else, he just gets rode.
         
        08-28-2010, 01:22 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    Oooo what a perfect thread for me tonight! I have a really wonderful relationship on the ground with my horse but we have our issues under saddle. He is very green and we are having a lot of trouble with our canter.

    Our trainer recommended using lunging to bridge the gap between our ground relationship to our in saddle relationship because we'd still be on the ground but doing under-saddle type work. This makes sense to me :) I'll update once I figure that out!

    My horse does NOT know how to lunge on a line so this will be exciting XD
         

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