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    06-26-2009, 06:00 AM
Green Broke
Lunging Problems.

I'm having problems lunging Pumpkin. I don't have acsess to a round pen but I will hopefully be getting one. He started off lunging really well but now he won't do it. He just bolts and this is dangerouse because he could step on the lunge rope when he bolts. Also he just turns and faces you. How big of a circle should I be working him on if he is only learning?
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    06-26-2009, 12:03 PM
I have found if you start out on a small circle it workes best, just make her go around you. Then you can make the circle larger. Do you have a stick or whip? Take that and hold it up towards her head on the side so she'll stay away from you. Sorry, I'm no good at explaining that. If she steps on the lung line, it's no big deal, she'll learn to give to pressure and stop when she steps on it. Hope this helps
    06-26-2009, 12:09 PM
Start with a small circle at a walk. If he bolts pull him into an even smaller circle. Horses can't run fast in a tiny circle. As soon as he calms down, make the circle bigger again. This will help him learn that he has more freedom when he does what you want. It is placing a negative association with bolting. Try hard to not let him pull either.
    06-26-2009, 10:02 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for that, I've got a lunge whip not a stick. Today we built a square pen to make the area smaller, we just got the poles and set them up high enought that he wouldn't be able to jump them. Hahaha turns out he can.
    06-26-2009, 11:09 PM
Shadow used to do this too! Im certainly no expert as we are still learning to work out the bugs too! I found that when I wrap the line (hold the end and take about an arms length and fold it in my hand and keep doing it until theres about a normal lead line's length left) and stand near his sholder, he would just turn in on me, so id get after him and get right by his rear and ( a good 10 feet or so away) and push him forward with a whip. Once he started moving away from me I would reposition myseld at his shoulder again. When id ask for a trot hed do it again, and again, just move behind and push along with that whip and he started realizing I wasnt going to tolerate him disobeying and he NEEDED to work. Not sure if this helps, but hopefully you can get her going
    06-26-2009, 11:56 PM
I would never get by their rear with a whip, that sounds like a good way of getting kicked,just my opinion
What I do is get the end of the whip and push them away in their shoulder area, telling them they are in my space, move out.Took awhile for my paint to get it but he does good now on a wtc and stopping,turns and faces me when I asked him to(yields his hindquarters) stop but he doesnt get in my space inless I tell him too.
    06-26-2009, 11:59 PM
Green Broke
Hmm, Shadow sounds like a good idea for your horse but Pumpkin has kicked me two times already in two months. So no thanks!
    06-27-2009, 12:18 AM
You can use a Web Training Surcingle , I've never used one but as far as I understand it is a good training device for lunging, others may have more info on them , if they are good or bad.
    06-27-2009, 07:24 AM
Green Broke
Thanks, I'll see what others think about that idea.
    06-27-2009, 01:17 PM
Just remember when you lunge you want your body to make a triangle with the horse. Your arm should be one line of the triangle and your arm with the whip should be the other. If he stands to face you give him a soft tap on his legs, or keep turning so he can't face you. When lunging without the roundpen and only the line you will need to move with your horse, don't expect to stand perfectly still in the middle. Good luck! You have a very pretty horse.

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