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    01-14-2012, 04:04 PM
lunge whip position?

My girl is great with her voice commands when lunging, so I am rusty on where you point the lunge whip for transitions- can someone remind me?

As I type that, I wonder if it would be “wrong” to not even use the lunge whip since I don't really need it. I suppose I sometimes use it to keep her out on the circle I want but I'm not using it for transitions. It mostly just feels like it's in the way, one more thing to keep organized in your hands.
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    01-14-2012, 04:10 PM
If you use a lunge whip, it should be pointed roughly at the horse's hip or just behind that, and angled toward the ground unless you need more emphasis . If you can do fine without one, why bother?
    01-14-2012, 04:16 PM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
If you use a lunge whip, it should be pointed roughly at the horse's hip or just behind that, and angled toward the ground unless you need more emphasis . If you can do fine without one, why bother?
Thanks, tiny. For some reason I'm remembering learning something along the lines of at shoulder for trot, at hocks for canter (could be completely botching the body part/gait). But maybe I just don't need it at all!
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    01-14-2012, 04:29 PM
I only point a whip at the shoulders if I want the horse to move further out on the circle. And, I keep the whip really in "off" position most of the time, only lifting it if the horse is lagging behind or drifting off mentally.
    01-16-2012, 10:33 PM
My "off" position is pointed backwards. Just another way of holding it.
    01-16-2012, 10:55 PM
If you choose to use one, I would only point it or flick it at her hip or shoulder accordingly, when needed. Otherwise, just keep it at your side, you don't need to nag her with it, if you don't need it. That's how horses get overused to tools...when the tools are used when not necessary; then the horse starts ignoring it here and there, and finally just starts ignoring it all together.

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