06-23-2012, 12:27 AM
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Lunging Help/Advice Needed Please
I have a fourteen year old gelding. We are actually very unaware of his breed, so we consider him a Quarter Horse (Though at times, he has the conformation of a Thoroughbred). He's 15.2 hands high, big chestnut boy. I've owned him for four years this coming July 7, and throughout that time, I've never had to lunge him. When I moved, I boarded him with some buddies who have had horses, but now that I am back and have him in my care again, his manners are down the drain. He is better on the ground finally after two weeks of refreshing his manners while leading (No longer pushes, pulls, and invades space). I have tried lunging him, and since we have no round pen available, I have to do the line lunging. He is the worst horse I've had to line lunge. Even worse than the five year old high spook, high stress Anglo-Arabian mare I had a few years back. He pulls against the line, no matter what I do. I do not have a stud chain as I've never really seen it as a necessity. What would y'all do to change this behavior so he is respectable on the line, and a joy to work with?