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post #1 of 11 Old 03-08-2008, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Lunging Problems!

Okay, well "the pony" has been really bad on the lunge (partly because I haven't been out there in a week due to me being sick).
Anyway, today when lunging (I always lunge him, even if it's for a second, to see what he'll be like, and let him warm up his back - he is cold backed). Today he wasn't being so good.
He was fine (very hyper!) but fine, and then randomly he fell out and took off. I didn't have gloves on, and thank god no one was in the arena, so I let go (I tried to hang on, but he's REALLY strong when he wants to be). I got him, put him on the lunge and got him going again. He did the same thing - fall out and try to gallop off. I couldn't hold on (again, yes he's VERY strong...trust me!). That led to me having many blisters on my hands that were bleeding, and him being really nervous.
What could I do to prevent this? He does that sometimes, and I don't let him get away with it (I scolded him today), but usally recoves. Today, however he kept doing that until I physicaly had to stop (also, I was sick and couldn't chase him for hours and don't have my full strength back). He might have just been feeling good since he just got his teeth flooted and the chiro came out.
Thank you, and everything will be considered.
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-08-2008, 08:50 PM
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Keep a close eye on his movements; if you see that he might be starting to fall out (horses will usually give tons of warning) make the circle smaller and make him work hard. Keep the circle small so he can't take advantage of a larger circle and actually get up the speed to pull the rope from your hands.
Also, definitely wear gloves - letting him get away with it (even though you had no intention to, and are too sick to do anything about it) will teach him bad habits.


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Thanks JDI, I appreciate it.
I kept a very close eye (at least at the time I thought I did) on his movements. It was really random, and half the time he didn't give a "warning" besides dropping out before. I kept him on a really tight circle for 10 minutes more or less, and when he calmed down let him out again. But that didn't stop him!
Tommorow I'm a lot more prepared. I'm wearing band-aids and bringing gloves for sure.
Thanks again.
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He's obviously learned that he can get away with it. I would suggest putting his bridle on and some side reins.
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Did you say he was cold backed? It sounds to me like he has some body issues going on, something isn't quite right. Are you lunging him in a round pen? Or in the arena? The work you are asking him might be too hard and he is trying to tell you so by showing you how uncomfortable he is... Or, possibly that is his back is tight enough to where he feels pain, and the only way he knows how to escape that pain is to be explosive? It's hard to say with the information given, but maybe you could find some exersizes on the halter to encourage him to do things softly. Like go fromt he halt to walk, without being "bunched" and the walk to trot and so on. I wouldnt ask more of him until he is obviously relaxed and moving freely. Does that make sense? I'm flying off a whim here, let me know if any of this hits home...maybe what you are asking is just too hard?
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hi guys so I was just wondering what cold backed and falling out ment? Thanks!

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He's obviously learned that he can get away with it. I would suggest putting his bridle on and some side reins.
His bridle was on, and he has had very bad experiences in the past with side reins (or so we believe). I have never let him get away with this before, because he did it sometimes in the past. I'm definitely lunging him today (brining gloves!) and won't let him get away with anything, because I'm more prepared.

Koomy56 - The chiro came out last Saturday and fixed everything. There shouldn't be anything wrong. I do exersises before lunging (backing him up, streching, etc.).
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hi guys so I was just wondering what cold backed and falling out ment? Thanks!
Cold backed is when a horse's muscles are very tight and need to be warmed up before a person gets on them - elsewise they might buck.
Falling out means that they just... well... fall out of the lunge circle that you've made.


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As JD said keep eye on his movement. As long as you feel he plans to speed up - make him stop and change the direction. That what I find to work for my qh. After couple changes she doesn't try to take off as bad.
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-10-2008, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. It's not him speeding up at all, though.
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