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        11-23-2008, 11:24 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I lunge my standie a lot before riding in winter.
    I always polo wrap him....in my idea it would help his muslces warm up a bit faster.
    I also use the wider( more square) saddle pad

    I think the lunging is good though to get energy out...and if it was that hard on ther joints....shed probably stop...like discomfort

    Plus one thing I do. I just let my horse loose in the arena, because we have no round pen either. BUt I know he'll let me catch him. I stand in the middle and get him to run out....thats when he gets his bucks out...then once he's on the lunge line, he's a lil hyper, but no HUGE bucks or bolts ya know
         
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        11-24-2008, 08:08 AM
      #12
    Showing
    Thanks everyone for your great responses!
         
        11-24-2008, 05:35 PM
      #13
    Started
    I have a 5 yr old OTTB and I used to lunge her before I rode, just to let her get all the craziness out ... but now she doesn't need it anymore. Like other people said, it is good for them to get it out pre-ride. And when they are in a stall they can't stretch their legs as much. I find that once a week or so I let my mare run around the arena. I put on bell boots and SMB on all 4 legs and let her at it. Sometimes she just looks at me like no thank you and other times she is like "woo hoo". It makes me laugh sometimes cause she will rear ... like really high. I almost wonder if she is going to go over backwards. She always looks at me like "see me, isn't this cool" and she has never offered to do anything bad when I am on her. So I feel that if she wants to get it out, I am more then happy to let her. I think that she knows when it is ok and when it isn't.
         
        11-24-2008, 06:03 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    I may be the only one to say this, but I never lunge before I ride, and I own a very, very hot horse (and, in contrast, a lazy one).
    I just don't see the point in paying 10-16 dollars for a bag of their feed and then watching them blow away all of that valuable energy.
    My horses are taught that when I get on, they are allowed to be fresh (quick to the aids) but that's it. They always are bent and warmed up for 5-10 minutes, and in that time they've always calm down and gotten ready to work--without making their muscles tired so they can't use them correctly when I ride.

    But, that's just me. :P
         
        11-25-2008, 04:43 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mayfieldk    
    I may be the only one to say this, but I never lunge before I ride, and I own a very, very hot horse (and, in contrast, a lazy one).
    I just don't see the point in paying 10-16 dollars for a bag of their feed and then watching them blow away all of that valuable energy.
    ::blinks::


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mayfieldk    
    My horses are taught that when I get on, they are allowed to be fresh (quick to the aids) but that's it. They always are bent and warmed up for 5-10 minutes, and in that time they've always calm down and gotten ready to work--without making their muscles tired so they can't use them correctly when I ride.

    But, that's just me. :P
    In the process of "teaching" a horse that when you get on they can be fresh but "thats it", it is sometimes best in the early stages to lunge the silliness out. An older horse, agreed, should no better (or a "trained" horse, I should say). But a young horse or one that isnt being worked daily will have extra energy. It's like a child, cooped up inside and then let out into the yard, but told to sit at the picnic table and do their homework. Sometimes they need a little time to "run it off" before they can settle their minds.

    Some horses don't need to be lunged, some do better with it.


    *But as far as the comment about "lunging" away the money for the feed... a horse gets feed for nutritional reasons as well, not just energy. Many feeds (like a 10/10 sweet feed) will give the horse the nutrition it needs to have energy to work, but not necessarily HOT energy. Lunging a horse to remove excess energy that could cause resistence or unwanted behavior isn't really the same as lunging away all of their energy.

    In most cases, lunging before a ride isnt done very long, and isnt long enough to get a horse tired out (unless they are of course having a training session on the lunge line). It is more or less to get them mentally focused not physically tired.
         

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