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post #1 of 5 Old 08-03-2013, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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Lunging Problem!

At the minute we're lunging my horse, she's 4, but everytime we lunge her, she will only follow me round while my mother holds the lunge line, I think it's because she is confused about what she has to do and she trusts me so she follows me. I know she can't follow me forever, she needs to learn to do it on her own. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips to get her to eventually do this on her own?
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-03-2013, 07:17 AM
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I am guessing that you are standing next to her and walking? If so, you are on the right path. Just as while you are lunging you need to encourage her to move forward from the drive line..the area right behind her shoulders. Use your hand to sort of push her off while encouraging her to move forward..let our hand act as your lunge whip. As she begins to move forward, increase the distance between you and her always keeping your hand behind that drive line but staying beside her. Eventually she will learn that she has to go around you and not follow you.
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Thank you that really helps thank you :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-04-2013, 08:43 PM
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does she know how to yield her shoulders and hips?
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-05-2013, 07:54 PM
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I've had the same problem with my neighbor's horse. They let me work with him because they have not had the time and feel bad that he never really gets attention. When I was first starting with him he wouldn't let me any where near him. Eventually I was able to halter him and start lunging him.

My neighbor was showing me how they have lunged him in the past and let me try it with him. It was either because I was easier with him (I kind of just let him do what he wanted to do at first) or he was just more used to me by the time, but I would give my neighbor the line and walk away so she could show me more and he would just follow me as I walked away. He learned that being around me meant that he wouldn't have to do as much work (he was really lazy at the time).

How I got him to lunge better was to stand in the center of the round pen with him facing me. I would point in the direction I wanted him to go in with that arm and take a step in the opposite direction so it would kind of force him to only go that direction. If he didn't move I would spank the ground with my carrot stick and stand a little bit further behind his drive line (just behind his shoulders). I would spank harder and start walking towards him if he still didn't move. Eventually they get the idea that they are to move in the direction that you point.

Now I just have to point and he will start lunging in that direction. He will still follow me but only when I tell him to. Hope this helps.
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