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post #1 of 4 Old 05-10-2009, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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Lunging advice needed!

Okay so today and usually when I lunge my Thoroughbred stallion he takes a long time to start getting into being lunged which is okay as he is lunged once a week as im too busy to do it more. So he gets going but he will only trot around about 4 circles then just stop and walk back into me. I don't know what it is I am doing and I got my friend to watch and see if I was doing anything different and I couldn't notice anything. I lunge him in an open arena in the bush so I don't know if that has anything to do with it but it makes it really hard for me to lunge him and I don't have time to ride him everyweek so lunging just keeps him a bit fit and going...

If anyone has any advice I would love it! He is good when he is lunged in a round room as the people down the road have one I use sometimes but he is usually just lunged in an open field or arena and he always has this problem. I use a whip as an aid but don't whip him with it, its just like an extension of my arm to keep him going round.


Thankyou!! And sorry its so long!!

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-10-2009, 07:44 AM
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He either thinks you want him to stop, or is telling you he wants to stop. If he just wants to stop, just walk him back to the edge of the circle and start again until he learns that he can't stop until you're done, even if it's only another minute.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-12-2009, 05:50 PM
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I would say he's just playing games with you. He's testing your leadership and seeing if you really will make him lounge if he decides not to. Whenever he does that I would send him right back out and let him know that you are the one saying what we do and when we stop

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-12-2009, 10:57 PM
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I agree, he's finishing the session and has figured out when he comes in that's when you stop. Send him right back out, if you see him really turning his head into you and almost walking towards you that's when you should be sending him away. Either use ur lunge whip and point it at his shoulder, or point in the direction he should be travelling and with you're whip snap it to keep that forward movement.
Another way is to step towards his shoulder and send him out with you're hand. Whichever works and feels more comfortable to you.
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