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post #1 of 12 Old 04-08-2008, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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Lunging Issues...

Okay, so my OTTB mare, Aslan, hasn't been worked on a longe line for god knows how long. So when I started her a few weeks ago, she nearly went nuts. She was galloping, and tossing her head, and nearly dragged me through the exercise pasture! Anyhoo, she's calmed down a lot. And now, I can get her to trot and canter (voice commands limited), but by all means she won't walk, or stop. I stay behind her shoulder when she's moving, and move infront of her shoulder when I want her to slow (because that's what I've been taught) but I simply have no other ideas. Does anyone know what's going on - or have any tips? Please, and thank you, always.
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When you ask her to walk, say walk in a very calm voice and drag it on a bit. Keep saying it and start bringing her into a smaller and smaller circle until she actually does, once she walks reward her and let her go out on a bigger circle, if she starts trotting do the same thing until she walks on without trotting off. If you have a lunge whip, move the lunge whip so it is in front of you and kind a wiggle it in front of her nose and touch her with it if she doesn't slow down. Also, give little half halts/ tugs on the lunge line until she listens. Even after you work her trot and canter, at the end just work on walking and halting without going any faster.

I hope that helps
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I do the same thing; just start reeling them in until they have to slow down. If they don't I will stop them and then ask for a walk off again. Working on giving to pressure before hand will also help. Good luck with your girl. :)
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mine does the same thing...what I do is I put down the lunge whip and turn my back on him (don't do this if you think Aslan will run you over haha). And that get's Sonny to stop immediately
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When you ask her to walk, say walk in a very calm voice and drag it on a bit. Keep saying it and start bringing her into a smaller and smaller circle until she actually does, once she walks reward her and let her go out on a bigger circle, if she starts trotting do the same thing until she walks on without trotting off. If you have a lunge whip, move the lunge whip so it is in front of you and kind a wiggle it in front of her nose and touch her with it if she doesn't slow down. Also, give little half halts/ tugs on the lunge line until she listens. Even after you work her trot and canter, at the end just work on walking and halting without going any faster.

I hope that helps
Good Luck!
Very good advice.
To get your horse to start to recognise voice commands, make sure you're doing the following:
- say the gait you want at the time the horse is doing it; even if it wasn't your idea for her to trot, and she starts trotting, say "trot" as soon as she starts to. Same goes for the canter and walk.
- make sure you're using different tones with each gait, i.e. for walk, say "waaaalllllllllkkkkkk" in a low, slow tone. For trot, use a chipper "Terrrr-ot!", and for canter, use a very energetic tone and say "KAN-ter!"


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You guys are really helpful. Haha. ^.^ I'm going to try this tomorrow, and hopefully it won't rain. I worked her earlier, and had the hardest time getting her to walk on the lunge line, so I had to warm her up by stretching and walking her by hand. Bringing her into a smaller circle to slow her seems it will work. Because she's got such a long stride, I'm thinking she'll slow. And, different tones (I hadn't even thought of that) seems like a fantastic idea. She's a smart horse, and within the past few weeks, she's already picked up trot, and canter (without the tones), but I think working with the tones will improve her reaction to them. Thanks so much you guys, I'm hoping this will work. I'll be sure to update out progress, and try to get some videos up (she's prettier in motion than on camera).
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You guys are really helpful. Haha. ^.^ I'm going to try this tomorrow, and hopefully it won't rain. I worked her earlier, and had the hardest time getting her to walk on the lunge line, so I had to warm her up by stretching and walking her by hand. Bringing her into a smaller circle to slow her seems it will work. Because she's got such a long stride, I'm thinking she'll slow. And, different tones (I hadn't even thought of that) seems like a fantastic idea. She's a smart horse, and within the past few weeks, she's already picked up trot, and canter (without the tones), but I think working with the tones will improve her reaction to them. Thanks so much you guys, I'm hoping this will work. I'll be sure to update out progress, and try to get some videos up (she's prettier in motion than on camera).
Let us know how it goes!!! Glad I could help!


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Different tones work wonders....I tripped on time while I was saying walk and it came out like WaaaaLKKK! And Dumas started to TrrrrOTTTT! good thing I had him on a long lead...lol...I didn't fall just stumble and everything was fine but I found out that he listens to tone more than I thought!

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Turn your back as Sonny wrote... in their language if you turn your frontside towards them that means "Go away, I'm angry with you", when you turn your back towards them you say "Okay, now I've calmed dow, you might come here if you want". But don't keep turning around in the same tempo as she runs, just turn away and pretend that you are not ineterested in what she is doing. It's especially good with young ones.
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You guys are really helpful. Haha. ^.^ I'm going to try this tomorrow, and hopefully it won't rain. I worked her earlier, and had the hardest time getting her to walk on the lunge line, so I had to warm her up by stretching and walking her by hand. Bringing her into a smaller circle to slow her seems it will work. Because she's got such a long stride, I'm thinking she'll slow. And, different tones (I hadn't even thought of that) seems like a fantastic idea. She's a smart horse, and within the past few weeks, she's already picked up trot, and canter (without the tones), but I think working with the tones will improve her reaction to them. Thanks so much you guys, I'm hoping this will work. I'll be sure to update out progress, and try to get some videos up (she's prettier in motion than on camera).
I'm glad that it helped!!
I'm thinking that your horse is pretty smart, so once she starts incorporating the voice commands with what you are wanting, she will be amazing!
I can't wait to hear about the update's and see some video's!
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