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post #1 of 18 Old 12-27-2010, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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I am really interested in using lunging as a training method for my thoroughbred. Not the basis of the training but as a supplement.

What equipment would be best recommend to really get him to use himself well?

Also what are some good exercises?
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-28-2010, 05:23 AM
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Well there are quite a few items on the market to let the horse know that he has to use his hind end and stay in frame. Not every horse can do this those because of their conformation. Do you have a picture of you horse?

Here a few videos of the different systems:

A few good excersizes would be 'stop and go', Turns and practicing voice commands like 'turn' 'whoa' 'walk' 'trot' and 'canter'. There are many others. you just have to search the internet.

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post #3 of 18 Old 12-28-2010, 06:18 AM
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So the only way I know is the Pony Club way.. so here is what they suggest you use for loungeing.

-ATSM/SEI helmet
-Watch (to keep time)

-Either a snaffle bridle OR lounging cavesson
-Boots and/or bell boots
-Optional= surcingle with side reins

And then of course you need a longe line and a longe whip.

If you are just starting.. I dont suggest a chambon or a pessoa because they can be quite severe if not used correctly. If you use side reins.. make sure you use them with your horse's nose a bit outside of the vertical.

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post #4 of 18 Old 12-28-2010, 06:33 AM
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I have lunged all my horses without boots and I usually do it in a halter. They know their ques well enough that I don't have to even touch the line.

most people don't have the money for all the specialized equipement
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post #5 of 18 Old 12-28-2010, 06:39 AM
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There is little if no specialized equipment up there. Yes you can longe in a halter.

But I would never reccomend longeing without boots. Why? Because when a horse is put on a circle like you use for longeing, it is stressful on their legs and they often interfere. Hence where the use of splint or supportive boots come in. Plus, many horses have the problem of overreaching or forging when they longe..which is why I reccomended bell boots.

If you considered boots and bridles specialized equipment, than what do you consider the training devices you posted above?

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post #6 of 18 Old 12-28-2010, 07:04 AM
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I don't lunge with boots.... I don't ride with boots either unless I am jumping and when I am riding I do circles, my horse is fine.
What I lunge in is a cavesson and thats it, but before I got it I lunged in halter.
If I were to get side reins I would lunge with my saddle and attach the reins to the girth, you would need them on the losest one at first for your horse to get used to the contact, then gradually tighten it.
You should never force your horses head down though.

When lungeing I practice tranisitions mainly walk trot walk and only really do canter once on both sides, for a whole circle, as Buzz is still slightly unbalanced at the canter.
If your horse is an OTTB he will be extremely unbalanced unless someone else has already put time into him, but you may be best just doing walk trot transitions.
Also make sure you have the lunge rope as big as possible, smaller circles are harder.

Well boat load of info.... hopefully some of it made sense lol
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post #7 of 18 Old 12-28-2010, 08:47 AM
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You will need:
Snaffle bridle,
Lunge cavesson (with no noseband)
lunge line
side reins/passoa etc
Lunging roller or saddle with D rings.

Hat, gloves and lunge whip for you.
Put the lunge cavesson on and then the bridle, this means that you can attach the sidereins to the bit and lunge off the cavesson! That is how you are supposed to lunge!

I would always lunge a young or inexperianced horse in full boots.
Stan my medium level dressage pony I could do it without as he was balanced enough that he would not hurt himself.

Lunging and longreining are the Basis for all training. it is where proper training begins, it is not just an add on or an afterthought.

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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Personally, even when teaching a young stud to lunge, I start in a halter. Before I ever start actually lunging I do a lot of work with ground manners and respecting my space. I don't know how familiar you are with teaching a horse to lunge so I'll start at my beginning.
Depending on the horse, sometimes I don't use a lunge whip. I have found that for some it really hops them up and makes them nervous, for these horses I spin the end of the long line and get much more positive results. In the very beginning I concentrate on getting them to move in one direction and the whoa and go cues. I don't even try to turn them until we have that down. Then you start over in the other direction, as I am sure you know some do much better in one direction than the other. Then start to turn them. To do this I tell them "Easy" and step in front of the girth line while changing the rope and whip to opposite hands. This closes the door on one direction and opens it for the other. I point in the direction I want them to do and smooch to get them moving. Once you get this firmly down with them, you can do anything you want. My gelding is trained to voice and hand signals now. While I do occasionally still put him on a long line he now free lunges at multiple speeds, whoas, turns, etc...all by voice.

This makes it SOOOO much easier to work with side reins, etc... I am also a big advocate for boots while lunging. As mentioned above, they are more likely to interfere when circling.
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post #9 of 18 Old 12-28-2010, 09:10 AM
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Does your horse know how to actively seek contact? If not, I do not recommend anything but a lunge line and whip.
(I apologize if this have been answered, I didn't see anything.)
One of the worst things you can do while lungeing is simply using too much equipment. It can hurt the horse mentally and physically.

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The fool thinks he knows everything."

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post #10 of 18 Old 12-28-2010, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Tymer View Post
Does your horse know how to actively seek contact? If not, I do not recommend anything but a lunge line and whip.
(I apologize if this have been answered, I didn't see anything.)
One of the worst things you can do while lungeing is simply using too much equipment. It can hurt the horse mentally and physically.
I agree. Once I get them going well one direction, I get them going well the other direction. Then.... we switch back. Seems to help them pay attention to you, and also use their butt because I'm asking them to change directions every 5 circles, or every 1, or half circle. They have to pay attention.
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