Lunging - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 12 Old 05-13-2013, 05:47 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Northwest Florida
Posts: 4,303
• Horses: 4
If I want to work on my horse's top line or stamina then I head them to the hills, water or sand. I lunge them to gain their balance and learn the gaits I want them at that I can't run along side them to teach. I can't run that long and it wouldn't be any prettier to watch than it would feel for me doing it. lol

I don't have a round pen so it is all done in a clearing in the pasture that is good and level. I do not point the whip at any part of their body. Usually it is facing behind me and is rotated around and to the ground when I need the extra back up to a command/cue I am giving. Then it goes right back into hiding. I will walk them up to me after every 5 or 7 laps and wave the whip all around them and the popping the ground on both sides as well as swirling it around in the air over their head til I get no response. Then its back to working the cues up and down in the opposite direction for a couple of laps til I get what I'm looking for. As soon as I get a couple of consistent laps of picking up the cues without back up then I call it a day for the lunge. I go for another lead rope walk with a few stops, backs, front and back yields before letting them back to being a herd. I do this only with the horses that need some type of training or refresher to gain trust and respect.

If I just wanted to see them run in circles then I would chase them of their round bale and they will run in circles around me until I walk away from the hay. lol
nvr2many and dazednconfused like this.

I am Second
Born Once, Die Twice. Born Twice, Die Once.
Roadyy is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 12 Old 05-13-2013, 06:11 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 16,846
• Horses: 1
If they don't listen you don't let up until they fulfill your request. Otherwise they don't know what you are asking, and what the right answer is.
nvr2many likes this.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Skyseternalangel is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lunging help? capercowgirl Horse Training 4 01-04-2014 09:38 PM
Question about Lunging/Free Lunging RidingTowardsGrace Horse Training 5 12-28-2010 10:58 PM
Lunging brighteyes08 Horse Training 7 01-26-2010 08:43 AM
Retraining proper lunging? Or better yet correcting bad lunging habits? CookieHorseGirl Horse Training 5 12-09-2009 04:53 PM
Line lunging vs. free lunging AussieDaisyGirl Horse Training 13 09-13-2009 08:53 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome