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    12-28-2007, 06:53 PM
  #1
Foal
lungeing without an arena

I am living in Nicaragua and our arena is not finished yet. I'm afraid it won't be for another 2 months (things move extremely slow down here). I just brought imported 6 horses and one of them is a 4 year old stallion who could really use some exercise. Because he's large ,and a stallion, we can't turn him out in the pasture with or near the other horses. We have an area that is big enough to turn him out in, but we have to watch him so he doesn't get out or get hurt, and there is enough space to lunge him there as well. I tried lungeing him today and he really didn't get it. I know the previous owners lunged him in their riding arena (using just one side) and he did fine. I think it's been a while since they've done it. He might have forgot, and now having him do it in a very akward (to say the least) place is confusing him. Unfortunately I pushed him a little too hard and he started rearing up (out of frustration I think). I finally gave up and turned him loose with some help to keep him out of trouble. Any suggestions for lunging a big, strong, stallion without a lunge arena? (Besides, "be careful..." that's a given!)

Sorry for the long post. Any advice is much appreciated.
     
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    12-28-2007, 07:48 PM
  #2
Foal
Most likely, he isn't rearing because he's confused, he's rearing because he is a stubborn stud with too much energy. He didnt forget how to behave on the lunge line, no matter how long it's been since the last time he was lunged. Don't feel bad or think that you pushed him too hard, he should be accustomed to getting worked. Unless he is genuinely frightened, there is nothing wrong with taking a horse out of his comfort zone. He needs to learn to respect you, no matter what the circumstances. Don't accept his rearing and CERTAINLY do not give up the next time he misbehaves, that will only reinforce the behavior and make him think that it is a good way to get out of work.
It is perfectly acceptable to lunge your horse without a round pen. As long as the footing is sound and there aren't any strange obstacles, he should be fine to be excercised on the lunge.
I would advise that you look up a trainer in your area to get some help with lunging him, considering he is a stud.
If you don't already have a surcingle and some side reins, you should purchase some. You'll also need a bridle, a lunge whip, and a lunge line. You can put the side reins on the lowest notch initially because he is only 4, and then work your way up to a more collected head set as he gets older. The side reins should keep him from rearing because he wont be able to use his head against you. You should take the reins off the bridle so that he doesn't break them.
Again, I suggest you get in contact with a trainer who can help you, and don't allow the stud's unruly behavior control you.
     
    12-28-2007, 08:11 PM
  #3
Started
The rearing could be because he was frustrated with you and like you said, you were pushing him and it was too much, or your energy was too "up" for him. OR it could be that he was being snotty. So when you lunge him, try to use the LEAST amount of "up" energy as possible.

I actually WOULD lunge him over obstacles. That will keep his mind busy and focused on the task at hand. And I would advise AGAINST side reins, draw reins, etc. because if you are dealing with snotty or frustration issues, you don't want his head restricted.
     
    12-28-2007, 08:17 PM
  #4
Foal
I didn't mean obstacles like cavaletti's, those would actually be a good thing, I meant obstacles like trees or potholes or something if she is lunging in a field.
And yeah, I would want my horses head restricted if he is trying to be snotty and rear up on me. He can learn to use his energy in a positive, forward way, rather than rearing.
I would lunge the pants off that horse. It sounds to me like he really needs to be worked. If you brun his excess energy, he will be much more behaved.
     
    12-28-2007, 08:21 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks for the advice. I have all the lungeing eqipment, but am weary to put side reins on him before I know I am able to get him lungeing normally (in reference to Spirtihorse's comment, which I agree with). I also agree that stopping was not the best idea, but at that point I had to go with "safety first."

There are no respectable trainers in all of Nicaragua I'm afraid, but the groom is very good with horses. I am going to see what he can do with the horse or what we can do together.

I definitely have a job in front of me...stallions are a whole other ball game. I would geld him, but can't find any jumping horses in all of Nicaragua and want to use him for breeding a couple horses before gelding him.

I remember this advice in the future...thank you!
     
    12-28-2007, 08:25 PM
  #6
Foal
Now I'm a bit confused. Are you both agreeing that:

You "would want [your] horses head restricted if he is trying to be snotty and rear up on [you]. He can learn to use his energy in a positive, forward way, rather than rearing."?

I would think this would be dangerous to have him in a bit and side reins in case he "freaks." More thoughts/explanation would be much appreciated.

Thank you!
     
    12-28-2007, 08:35 PM
  #7
Started
Now I'm a bit confused LOL!

I say NO to the side/draw reins. I say YES to obstacles.
     
    12-28-2007, 08:36 PM
  #8
Foal
Sorry, I got you guys confused. Now I understand where you're coming from, "Avery."

I'm hoping to get a second opinion on this one...

Thanks!
     
    12-28-2007, 08:38 PM
  #9
Foal
And you as well, "Spirithorse."

Hoping for some more replies. I tend to agree with NO side reins as well...I would hate to give him a bad experience with a bit in his mouth.

Thanks!
     
    12-28-2007, 09:17 PM
  #10
Yearling
Yeah, I would be careful! Not becuase he's a stallion, but becuase he's young. My 3 year old filly does the same thing and she will turn and kick at me when she has too much energy. I would also watch if you are directly infront of him becuase when I am lounging my filly, she sometimes gets frazzled and charges at me. :(

But I think you should start the Clinton Anderson's 'lounging for respect' stages 1 and 2. It really helps.
     

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