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post #1 of 8 Old 11-22-2010, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I have some questions about lunging. My neighbor has a pony that needs some excersies and she asked me to come down a few times a week and lunge him. I ride at a stable, and have for about a year now, so I believe that I have a pretty good idea of what lunging is. My neighbor is pretty experienced herself, but she just doesnt have time to work with the pony. So basically, I just want to double check and make sure that what I think is lunging is infact lunging before I get out there and something goes wrong.
I have done what I believe is lunging a few times with a horse at the barn. Is it where you have a whip and send the horse out on the circle around you and make them go through the different gaits?
If I am correct, is there any tips or things that I need to know about lunging besides the obvious facts like don't wrap the rope around your hand?
(I have been told that the pony does know how to do this)
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-22-2010, 05:11 PM
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Yes, that would be correct. It helps with working on voice commands and respect. A few tips, if the horse doesn't listen to a voice command at first, flick the whip 10 feet or so behind her and ask her again. NEVER touch the horse with the whip. And always end on a good note, as with anything to do with horses.
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I have done what I believe is lunging a few times with a horse at the barn. Is it where you have a whip and send the horse out on the circle around you and make them go through the different gaits?

Thanks so much!
That is pretty much the basics but PLEASE do not do what I saw a picture of, and loop a rope around the neck of the horse and send it out and around you.

There is nothing as irresponsible as that and can be a good way of strangling your horse. I couldn't believe anyone would even do such a thing!
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-22-2010, 09:13 PM
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Lunging can be simple or it can be an art. What ever you do, keep it safe.
Wear gloves (if the rope becomes tangled on your hand, the gloves will slide off freeing you . And you can keep a better grip on the rope.
Don't make the circles so small that the pony has trouble staying balanced.
Will you be lunginig in a halter or in a bridle? Do some research on that and how to hook up the line, ok?
Rather than standing stock still in the center, you can walk a small circle in the center, miroring the pony, whose circle will be much larger.
Take care that you don't get ahead of him on the circle or you will effectively be telling him to stop. Stay on a radius line from his girth area to the exact center of the circle. Hold your leading hand which holds the line, pointing in the direction you want to go, and not too high, and keep you folllowing hand with the whip pointed just behind his tail. These two lines form two legs of a triangle that moves in sinc with the horse around the circle.

I think you will find getting the horse out on the circle, controlling the speed and changeing directions to be more challenging than you might think, unless this pony is like a robot lunger. People always underestimate how challenging lunging can be.

Don't go straigt to canter. Let him warm up in walk and then trot. Don't do trot or canter more than about 10 minutes in each direction. It can be hard on the horse's joints if they are lunged in small cirecles for long periods of time.

Take good care where the rope is not to be tangled in hand or around foot.

Hold the lunge line the same way you would hold the rein, and try to have a similur feel as is you were holding a rein.

Let us now how it goes!
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That is pretty much the basics but PLEASE do not do what I saw a picture of, and loop a rope around the neck of the horse and send it out and around you.

There is nothing as irresponsible as that and can be a good way of strangling your horse. I couldn't believe anyone would even do such a thing!
You mean like the one on post #29 on this thread?

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-23-2010, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Equine, I wasnt sure how close to get, so that helps with that. Also, I wouldnt even think of smacking him, so please don't worry! Thanks(:

TinyLiny, I know how to hook it up because I have done this a few times. Also, I have practiced the "moving circles" with another horse, so I think that will work out. However, I never thought about holding the rope like I hold a rein. That will probably help me hold the rope more securely. Thank you(:


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I was taught that bit about holding the line just exactly like a rein by a lady who was a master at lunging. She told me you can squeeze it and soften it and take up pressure and give, just as you would when riding. In fact , the closer lunging your horse gets to riding , the more productive it will be.
What I mean, is not to have your horse come screeching to a halt when you want it to down transition. You wouldn't want to ride that unless you are into reining (no offence, reiners), you want the horse to slow into a balanced stop. You would work for that in your lunging, too.
Transitions upward, you give the horse a bit of warning, like, "AND . . Canter!" and you say it like this, you inhale, and then lower your body a TINY amount as if you are sinking into the saddle for a half halt, and leg on, while saying the "aaaand .." and say it in a rising tone for an upward transition and a falling tone for a downward transtition. Then the "Canter!" can be stronger and clear, and if she doesn't respond in one second, "Canter!!! And reinforce with the whip and don't stop until you get the response. And don't constantly nag her with the whip. If she is cantering, don't even raise the whip unles she DOES break. Let her make the mistake before she is corrected. IF you think she might break you can say , "canter on" in an encouraging tone, but don't ever use the whip unless you are requesting a change. Once you get ther, you let her coast until the next change.

Ok, I am done.

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TinyLiny, thank you so much! I never knew to use my body when lunging as if I am riding! That's really cool that you can use the same "motions" when lunging.
Once again, thanks!


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