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    01-01-2009, 01:01 AM
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Originally Posted by karley.hall    
i have an ex race horse and she does the same thing... haha

I have had her over a year now and have been working on this the whole time. She is soooooo much better but it just takes time to get it. Are you using a line or a round pen? I have found that I have to be VERY firm with her. I think at the track they just let them go till they want to stop and then they are done.

On the line I have found that I have to get behind her shoulder and make her go forward. Once I get a circle or two she usually settles in.

In a round pen I just have to stay out close to her and again make her go forward. It's like you have to support them every step of the way.

Also I switch up witch way I start on, one day starting on the left and the next on the right ect.

Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!
Ditto what Karley said. Keep your body BEHIND the drive line (girth area) and keep that whip on her! Reward her with a "good girl" when she does right.
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    01-01-2009, 03:28 PM
Isn't it the case that off-track thoroughbreds tend to be unevenly muscled so that they're much better at bending to one side than the other? Uneven muscles would make it harder for them to bend to the one side, and hence less willing, so they'd need to have that side built up to let them work more easily.
    01-04-2009, 10:51 AM
Originally Posted by Jessamine    
i have a young ex race horse who is having some difficulty when I am lunging him.
He goes totally fine on the left but on his right he turns to face me and will not allow me to get to his side to lunge him on again.
Once he decided to go again he will go on the lunge for a few rounds and then turns in again.
He does this off side reins or on side reins.
I am getting a little frustrated and feel helpless.
Anyone has had this problem before?
Do you know what would help? Thank you
Well the thing with these monkeys is that they've been taught to run to the left their entire life so now that you ask him to go in the other direction he's wondering "what in the world??". One of the horses I owned a few years ago(the same problem horse I always refer to *cough*, also the same one that I posted about with the article) would not lunge AT ALL.
From the situation you are describing it sounds like you are not pushing him forward enough because if he were, he wouldn't be able to slow down enough to stop and face you. Tho I don't doubt your ability to lunge, make sure you do it correctly. Take a look at the following link. With the horse I owned, I found that lunging in the corner of the arena helped both him until he figured things out and started behaving on the lunge line.

Lorien Stable - The How and Why of Basic Lunging

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