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    02-16-2011, 02:25 PM
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Foal
Lunging Help?

I have never trained a horse before, but I now have my own horse to work with. Cody is wonderful, but he gets very high-strung, and I think he could use some lunging. About a week after we got him, our ranch hand went in and started to lunge him, but Cody got angry and Kicked at him . It was really strange because he is so sweat and even tempered. I would like to get him to lunge, but I am assuming that since he did buck he has never been lunged before. Does anyone have any advice on how to start him, that is safe, and wont stress him out to much. I also need some help on his standing, because he gets real antsy and kinda paces when he is tied and being groomed. Any help would be greatly appreaciated.
     
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    02-16-2011, 02:58 PM
  #2
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I wouldnt' worry too much about a horse bucking on the lungeline. They do that sometimes. I just keep asking what I want and if he has a buck or two, let it pass. If he kicks out at me, I would immediately drive him on briskly.
Careful no to be too close when you are driving briskly.
As for standing still, there are a bunch of threads on that. Cherie , who has trained many horses in her career, has a ton to say about that. Could you do a search?
     
    02-18-2011, 05:40 AM
  #3
Weanling
Sounds like lunging/groundwork would do him good. I personally wouldn't use a long lunge line at first. Start out where you are maybe 5-10 feet from him. It will seem close but if he doesn't respond 10 feet away he isn't going to respond 30 or 40 feet away. Start at the walk and do basic cues like backing and moving away from you. Have him switch directions and always, always, always praise him if he is just starting out. I kept treats with me when I first started groundwork. It made it fun and rewarding. As time goes on you can ask for trotting and cantering cues.

As far as the standing goes... that can be a bit tough. Does he do it when you take him out of the field and into the barn? If so I can understand his reasoning... "But my buddies are out there! I'm alone in this barn. What if something eats me? Where are they? I neeeeed them!" That would be a buddy sour horse. That can be hard to break, but just talk to him and try calming him down. Find a spot he loves to be petted and pet him there. Is that what happens, or is he antsy even when other horses are around?
     
    02-18-2011, 07:22 AM
  #4
Weanling
Lowering the head is good for "antsy" horses.
     
    02-18-2011, 07:23 AM
  #5
Green Broke
First off: how old is he? How come you aren't working with him? A horse can become confused when too many people try to do things with them. How long have you had him? Have you taken any time to bond with him or are you jumping in to training?

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I would suggest you and only you work with him. The way one person trains is completely different from another. If that makes sense. Body language is a huge key factor in training. Not only his but yours! As I reread your post, you must have a reason to have a ranch hand do the work. But if he/she was not successful in getting the animal to lunge then I feel there's no need for anyone else to do it but you.

Do you have a round pen or is it just on a lunge line? His kicking out sounds like a mistrust and confused reaction. He may "seem" to be such a sweetheart any other time but the true personality comes out when you try to have him do something he either doesn't want to do or is confused about doing. You may have more work than you realize here. I'm not one to go around telling people to get a trainer but maybe see if you can talk to someone close by and get some advice.

Reason: you don't know what your doing. You can get hurt if you can't read body language. If he isn't familiar with you he will trust only in himself and react as he needs to. This is why I said bonding with him will be very important in him starting to calm down. He needs a leader and that should be you. If he can't find a leader what you see with him being flighty and looking for other horses and not standing still is a natural reaction to not feeling safe. One more question, what is his breed?

I hope you don't take any of this the wrong way but you did say you haven't trained a horse before. On that note: Everything you do with him is training him. Weather good or bad. So if your not able to get him to lunge,, quit! And find someone to help. In the meantime spend a lot of time with him. Even if you have to be near other horses in order for him to settle down.
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