Originally Posted by ConfusciusWasAGreatTeachr
I don't use any equipment like this to 'teach' my horse. I like him to hold himself how he wants and what comes naturally to him. I'm not into the side reins, hold the head, this encourages this, etc thing. So guess I was no help, lol.
Hahaha You are of help though, some people DO like to let their horses figure it out for themselves, and some horses are VERY good at lunging without contraptions.
For the following I would use them:
A horse that needs conditioning work (ie a horse that is undermuscled, coming in to work or need to go 'up' a step)
A horse that isn't balanced
A horse that tends to run on the fore
A horse that won't listen to vocal commands- there are many elements to this, but horses that want to run with their heads in the air as fast as they can generally don't want to listen to a handler or lunger. So, occassionally being able to have more control of head position offers the lunger a more subtle way of saying 'Hay boy- watcha think you're doing?' Rather than HELLOOO STOPPPPPP