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    06-05-2011, 12:28 AM
Lungeing problems

I have a 6 year old quarter horse that I got about two months ago he has basically been sitting his whole life. I have been doing some ground work with him and some light riding. The problem I am having is that I can get him to start to lunge he will go about 2 times around me at a nice trot then all of a sudden he will just take off and I can't stop him from taking off since he has so much force. He will however free lunge perfectly. Do not know what to do about him taking off any suggestions???
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    06-05-2011, 01:02 AM
Does he have a verbal "slow down" cue? If not, you could teach him one while free lunging.

Are you lunging in a round pen? You can experiment while free lunging with his pressure points. Stepping toward the shoulder can slow them down, but it only works if he's focused on you.

Also, you could spend a lot of time asking him to transition between whoa, walk and trot before he bolts. Maybe even a few changes in direction. Get and keep his focus and he should be easier to control.
    06-05-2011, 01:14 AM
I lunge him in my arena since I lack a round pen. He does slow down when I ask him. He just all of a sudden turns and bolts the other direction which basically forces me to drop the line so that I don't give rope burn. He does it after two times around even if I change directions.

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