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post #1 of 4 Old 03-21-2009, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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Lunging exercises?

My horse is pretty good at lunging, but I was just thinking today that I should introduce something different when i lunge, rather than him just running circles.
What I do currently:
I work him in a round pen without a lunge rope, he goes off my voice and body very well. I do use the whip, mainly as a guide for what direction i want him to go, or to flick it if he's being lazy and unresponsive. I don't hit him.
He will walk, trot and canter off my voice, and I'm trying to teach him to turn off my voice alone, although he will turn very nicely if I just use my body position, and he will come in to me when i ask.
Lately I have been putting a small jump in there just to mix things up so he doesn't get bored, and he seems to like that.
I lunge him mainly as an extension of groundwork, to teach him to listen to my voice and as a respect thing, but also to break things up and give him a little execise on the days I can't ride.
I lunge him, or try to at least, about once a week, never more, and only for about 20 mins.

Anyway, back to my question: what else/ what other exercises can I do with him to make it more interesting for us both? Or should I just continue what I'm doing?
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-21-2009, 09:30 AM
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You could set up some trot poles. It will help improve your coordination and timing, and the organization of his feet. Set them up for a regular stride, and then spread them for a farther reach once he's gotten the idea.

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-21-2009, 10:19 AM
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yeah like the person above me said set up trot poles, you could also introduce your horse to lunging with a surcingle and side reins.

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-21-2009, 12:49 PM
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You could put a little wooden bridge for him to step over, or a tarp too. (I wouldn't suggest doing the bridge at more than a walk, maybe a trot)

You could also try and hang things that he'll have to go through/under.

If you want to work on your turns, maybe try putting up 2 obstacles (Maybe like two ground poles or 2 small jumps) as barriers and have him turn before he gets to them.
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