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post #1 of 7 Old 04-11-2009, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Question lunging help .

a pony i ride is a bit reluctent to go up a pace on the lundge , how else can i get her to go faster on the lunge , i use voice aids , clicking and noises and a lundge whip but she is still relictent to move , shees only young so i dont want to do any thing to harsh.

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-11-2009, 12:27 PM
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She will only walk? Or only walk and trot? Describe the situation a little more in detail..

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Hmm... maybe you could bring her in on a smaller circle and actually tap her booty to move forward. If you do that, you need to walk with her so the circle isn't itty bitty, you want to be closer to the horse, not the circle to be so small she gets dizzy. It would be easier to use a dressage whip as opposed to a lunge whip so you don't risk snapping her. You just want to "tap" as hard as necessary. You could also try free lunging, maybe something about the line is making her hold back? Free lunging can also help her work on vocal commands. Make sure when you ask, she does it, don't just chase her around saying, "canter, canter, canter," you want to say it, make her do it, and as she's picking up the canter say it again and praise. Also, you need to BELIEVE! I'm a firm believer that if you don't think she will move forward, she will not move forward. I hope this helps. It's hard to tell what the problem is with so little information.

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The easiest way to get a horse to move up in speed is to use the fence line. Lunge the horse near a fence and the moment the horse is about to start to pass the fence, add pressure with the whip by smacking the ground repeatedly (with rhythm...from light smack to harder smack).

This way, the horse feels added pressure from the whip, you and the fence = lope.

then once the horse is consistently listening to the lighter cues (I use a kiss/cluck sound before I ever raise the whip, for example) can practice away from the fence, and only use the fence to help you as needed. Eventually not needing the fence at all.

2)raise the whip
3)smack the ground light
4)smack the ground harder
5)smack the ground harder still

At any moment, soon as the pony speeds up, stop all pressure. That means, stop the sound and lower the whip and point it to the ground. And always start with step 1. Don't hurry to use the whip. This way, you'll eventually not need the whip at all.

Also, be sure to keep your hand on the line open and loose, be sure that you're not clamping your fingers around the lead, if you do clamp down then you're accidentily telling the horse to slow or to stop.

Also, be sure to give the horse plenty of line. For walking and trotting I like a 12-14 ft line and for loping a 22 ft line. "Lazy" horses need more line to feel freer.

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Another tip is to do lots of transitions so that the horse is 'awake' and paying attention to you. It's a lot harder to get a horse to canter if they've been trotting around in circles for ages! Even the well trained ones will start to switch into 'auto-trot-mode'

Also, be sure to ask the horse for the downward transition, rather than just letting the horse decide to fall back into trot or walk when it's sick of the faster pace. It helps them maintain a bit more energy rather than just thinking about slowing down all the time

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she will walk on the lunge but wont trot unless som1 is running beside her , not holding on to her just running beside her x

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-14-2009, 03:00 PM
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Make sure you're standing behind her drive line (her girth area), point the whip at her hiney, and take a couple steps toward her hiney while you pop the whip at her rear and use whatever forward voice cue she knows. As soon as she goes faster, step back and say "good girl." Rinse and repeat until she gets it.

If she won't respond do NOT be afraid to smack her rear with the whip, or pop it on her butt. It should only take once or twice for her to get the message . Always follow with a "good girl" and retreat. When you do retreat, keep your attention and energy focused on her hiney, pushing her forward. If she begins to slow, get her moving again BEFORE she breaks gait. Pop the whip and take a step or two toward her hiney. Keep your shoulders back, look UP, and "push" your energy forward toward her rear.
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