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    07-25-2009, 07:57 PM
Lungeing Help

I have a couple of questions . . .

Can a horse trot properly on a (roughly) 7-8 ft lungeline? I'm teaching my 6 year old TN Walker gelding Spirit to lunge and my friend told me that my lungeline was too short and that he couldn't trot properly. He trotted but he keeps like leaning on the lungeline (maybe not leaning but pulling) and I don't know if that is a problem because the lungelines too short or it's completely different.

How can I stop him from leaning or pulling on the lungeline when trotting (He's fine when walking).

How do I get him to rack and trot seperately on the lungeline or should I just be satisfied with either? Sometimes he racks on it, but mostly he trots.

If anyone could answer any of these questions I'd be very happy :) <3 Thanks!!!
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    07-26-2009, 12:34 AM

Horses cannot trot properly on a very small circle. The breed of horse and size of circle are closely related. A seasoned Quarter Horse that has lots of training to be slow and balanced can easily jog on a very small circle but a breed that is gaited or big moving breeds such as warmbloods and thoroughbreds need a much larger circle in order to move boldly forward.

It boils down to impulsion. You want impulsion and dynamic movement from a gaited horse. Let your horse have a good twenty to thirty foot circle. He will develop good balance and good forward habits. He'll be very happy. So will you.

If he becomes too much to handle and pulls on the line you need to put the line through the halter from noseband - over the crown - the clip the snap to the side away from you. Look up the position on the internet or in a book on horsemanship.

Using a lunge cavison can also help. This is a halter-like device that you will find in an English tack shop. The line attaches to rings on the front of the nose band and is very helpful.

Another idea is to put the horse in side reins, (not tight) just enough to give light contact on the bit. The horse becomes very relaxed and dinamic this way. The most import thing always is that the horse drive forward, with a good rythm and a quiet mind. You never want a horse to be hot on the line. Go ahead and look for more information on-line and in books.

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    07-26-2009, 01:16 AM
If you have to longe him on a smaller line, I suggest nothing shorter than 10-12 feet; and no cantering on that length.

When you do start getting him to canter, use a line that is atleast 20 ft long.
    07-26-2009, 01:54 AM
Think of it this way. Would you like to spin in a circle, or run around the block?

Horses have a very hard time working in such a small circle, and will have a really hard time balancing themselves and carrying themselves properly. It could end up training them in a way you don't want them to be trained. Plus, it makes them dizzy.
    07-26-2009, 03:59 PM
Ok thanks everyone! :)

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