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        05-11-2014, 08:21 AM
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    Foal
    Lunging problems

    I have a 2 year old miniature shetland who I have recently been trying to lunge. He's fine to catch and is generally quite lovely but as soon as he's on the lunge line he practically falls asleep. Obviously, this makes it somewhat difficult to lunge him. However, when he is livelier, he is constantly walking in towards me even when I try to get him back out. It appears that he has absolutely no respect for me (which is very unhelpful)
    He was only weaned from his mother at about 1 and half years old (which in my opinion is quite late) and he still lives with his mother and 2 other mares. Our round school is very close to their field and he often is very easily distracted by them.
    He has lots of potential but he just has no respect for me, is very lazy when I lunge him and is easily distracted. How can I teach him that I'm the dominant one, that he need to be actively walking around when I'm lunging him and to be focused?
    Thanks ;)
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        05-11-2014, 12:17 PM
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    Several questions.
    First are you trying to loose lunge him or with a line?
    Have you got a lunge whip?
    How much lungeing have you done yourself?
    How did you teach him to lunge in the first place?
         
        05-11-2014, 02:31 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    I would start with trying to earn his respect. Don't let him push you or come into your space without permission. Start by having him on a lead. Stand in front of him facing him. Shake the lead back and forth quickly until he backs up. At first as soon as he take a step back relax. Expect a bit more from him each time.

    Then try to do the same leading him. Lead him about a horse length behind you then stop....if he stops to close to you get him to back up.

    Also be aware of your posture/body language ...this is something I am working on too. If you are timid it shows in your body language and horses pick up on that. Be in an upright assertive position when applying "pressure". Not even direct physical pressure just pressure with your b. Language. And when the horse does what you want, relax and drop your shoulders to release the pressure.
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        05-11-2014, 02:41 PM
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    Foal
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    Several questions.
    First are you trying to loose lunge him or with a line?
    Have you got a lunge whip?
    How much lungeing have you done yourself?
    How did you teach him to lunge in the first place?
    He's on a line with a lunge whip. I have not been professionally trained or anything to lunge horses but I supposed I've been around horses for along time and just kind of picked it up. At the moment, he can't even walk a full circle on a line however I've only tried lunging him about 3 times. I'm just worried that maybe I'm actually not lunging him properly, although every other horse I've lunged has been fine and progressed well.
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        05-11-2014, 02:43 PM
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    I would start with trying to earn his respect. Don't let him push you or come into your space without permission. Start by having him on a lead. Stand in front of him facing him. Shake the lead back and forth quickly until he backs up. At first as soon as he take a step back relax. Expect a bit more from him each time.

    Then try to do the same leading him. Lead him about a horse length behind you then stop....if he stops to close to you get him to back up.

    Also be aware of your posture/body language ...this is something I am working on too. If you are timid it shows in your body language and horses pick up on that. Be in an upright assertive position when applying "pressure". Not even direct physical pressure just pressure with your b. Language. And when the horse does what you want, relax and drop your shoulders to release the pressure.
    Ok thank you, that's really helpful :) I'll try the respect training tomorrow with him... Hopefully he'll be good ;)
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        05-11-2014, 04:04 PM
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    Weanling
    Best of luck =)
         
        05-11-2014, 04:28 PM
      #7
    Showing
    Don't leg the clip whack him under the jaw. Some trainers think that the clip whacking them teaches them respect. My feeling it is the pain takes the horse out of thinking mode and there's also the risk of fracturing the jaw bone. Keep your lessons short, about 15 min to start as he's still pretty young. But that's not to say you can't work with him two or three times during the day, just not a lot at once.
         
        05-11-2014, 05:20 PM
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    A horse does not instinctively know how to lunge, they have to be taught!

    I agree that he needs to learn respect for you and others regardless of his size.

    When I start teaching horses to lunge I have them on the lunge line. I walk with them as if I were leading them and then using the handle of the lunge whip against their shoulder, I get them to walk a foot or two away from me.
    When they are walking a few feet away from me I will walk in a small circle and just get them to turn around me, once they are doing this then I can move them forward whilst I barely move. If they try to come in then I will push them out with the whip.

    Be aware that lungeing is stressful on joints of a young horse.
         

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