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    11-15-2011, 06:06 PM
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Lunging training

So I was lunging my horse today, and we've never really done it before and she was never trained. I noticed she was pulling a lot and not responding to me spinning the end and using voice commands. I don't know how train her either. Explanation please?!
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    11-15-2011, 07:22 PM
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Weanling
Oh lord, lunging is probably one of the most frequently asked questions :) Its actually really easy. I kind of made up my own technique, but everyone has their own ways.

Teaching a horse to lunge, that has never lunged before, of course wont know the commands yet, so don't sweat if she doesn't understand immidiatly(Sp?)

I don't get it when you say

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Originally Posted by Lexiie    
I noticed she was pulling a lot and not responding to me spinning the end and using voice commands. I don't know how train her either. Explanation please?!
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Anyhow, do you have a round pen?

I taught my boy to lunge by standing in the middle of my imaginary circle, with my horse facing me straight on. Holding the lunge line, or long lead rope, or whatever in one hand (I actually prefer training a horse to lunge with a long lead rope, maybe about 6 feet, you have better control that way, IMO) So, anyhow, holding the rope in one hand, and a carrot stick, or lunge whip in the other hand, smack the ground behind the horses butt, to get him moving. Once he starts, walking, or totting or whatever praise him highly for it. Once they get the basics, and start understanding what to do, I like to teach them how to change directions, easily. What I do, once the horse understands that he has to walk in aimless circles, is whenever I would like to switch directions, I step in front of their girth line, and pull them to a stop, then pointing the opposite way, I pull the lead over towards that way, and they change directions. Until all I have to do is step in front of the girth line and point the other way, or if I want to stop, I step in front of the girth line and say Woah. Yeah, probably hard to understand with my horrid writing skills
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    11-15-2011, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Legend    
Oh lord, lunging is probably one of the most frequently asked questions :) Its actually really easy. I kind of made up my own technique, but everyone has their own ways.

Teaching a horse to lunge, that has never lunged before, of course wont know the commands yet, so don't sweat if she doesn't understand immidiatly(Sp?)

I don't get it when you say



Anyhow, do you have a round pen?

I taught my boy to lunge by standing in the middle of my imaginary circle, with my horse facing me straight on. Holding the lunge line, or long lead rope, or whatever in one hand (I actually prefer training a horse to lunge with a long lead rope, maybe about 6 feet, you have better control that way, IMO) So, anyhow, holding the rope in one hand, and a carrot stick, or lunge whip in the other hand, smack the ground behind the horses butt, to get him moving. Once he starts, walking, or totting or whatever praise him highly for it. Once they get the basics, and start understanding what to do, I like to teach them how to change directions, easily. What I do, once the horse understands that he has to walk in aimless circles, is whenever I would like to switch directions, I step in front of their girth line, and pull them to a stop, then pointing the opposite way, I pull the lead over towards that way, and they change directions. Until all I have to do is step in front of the girth line and point the other way, or if I want to stop, I step in front of the girth line and say Woah. Yeah, probably hard to understand with my horrid writing skills
yeah I think I get it, when I see her tomorrow I'll try this.
We have a roundnpen, put the footing is terrible and I don't want her to hurt her legs.
     
    11-15-2011, 09:28 PM
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I would never say lunging is either easy or simple. Lunging , done correctly, is reeally an art.
I feel that there are basically three kinds of lunging:

Two kinds where you use a long "lunge line" , not a leadline.

IN one way using the long lunger (or lounge) line, the horse is basically asked to run around the handler at various speeds with the basic intention to loosen up the horse, warm it up and let it get its' ya-ya's out.

Secondly, using the same type of line, but the idea is not just letting the hrose run wildly but to have the horse move at certain gaits and speeds, and possibley with the use of side reins or other training devices, to teach the horse to come to the bit and to carry it's head and neck nicely and work "through" it's body. This kind of lunging can be done in either a halter, a bridle or a lunge caveson, but the lunging is the end goal, not a prelude to riding, and the horse is expected to pay attention and work as per the instructions of hte handler. Doing this correctly takes a lot of skill.

Lastly, the kind of lunging that was talked about above, and that's lunging on a shorter line. Here, one uses a halter and leadline, one that is longer than most typical lines, and it works best, all in all, to have a rope halter. The idea is not that the horse runs around, because he really won't have the length of line needed to really canter out. But rather , the handler is working pretty close to the horse and looking to see that the horse is soft on the leadline, paying attention closely to the handler, keeping a bend in the body, maintaining correct and respectful space from the handler and making turns that are smoothe and entail the kind of disengagement of the hindquarters and stepping under that help with suppleness and balance and obedience to the handlers cues. Its more about cueing into the state of mind of the horse, and getting him to cue into your's and may not last very long at all.

All of these kinds of lunging have value done well. I would never want to go very long in one didrection with the feeling that all I want from the horse is that he go in "mindless circles". I will be watching him move and using changes in direction and speed to keep the connection between him and me alive.

There are lots of videos on how to lunge. Or, take a lesson from someone whose horse handling skills you admire. Good luck!
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    11-15-2011, 11:11 PM
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Trained
Sure lunging is easy if your sole aim is to run the horse around in endless. But if you are aiming to lunge with a purpose, it is far more complicated than chasing the horse around in a circle and pulling the rope to stop and turn. I lunge to build my horses' balance, strength and education, along with being able to see how the horse is moving. I expect that my horse works on the lunge how it works under saddle, or better. With a swinging back and connection from the hind legs to the poll. I expect to be able to dictate the rhythm, tempo and pace.

Lunging is an art form, to do it correctly and with purpose, one must seek lessons much as they would for riding. Lunging is far too often overlooked as the complex but effective training tool that it is.
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    11-16-2011, 09:04 AM
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Weanling
I agree with everything you said accept,

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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Lunging is an art form, to do it correctly and with purpose, one must seek lessons much as they would for riding. Lunging is far too often overlooked as the complex but effective training tool that it is.
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Not necessarily. You can teach your horse to lunge, without a trainer. Whether you have or haven't lunged a horse before.
The internet is a great place for this kind of thing.
     
    11-16-2011, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Legend    
I agree with everything you said accept,



Not necessarily. You can teach your horse to lunge, without a trainer. Whether you have or haven't lunged a horse before.
The internet is a great place for this kind of thing.

I disagree, if you wish to lunge your horse effectively, then I would suggest getting help from someone with experience. Its a good tool to have in your belt, but done wrong is serisouly ineffective and can make like difficult for when you ride.

As a beginner to lunging, would you know the following
A) What equipment to use on your horse ie halter, bridle, cavesson, lunge girth, bugees, pessoa, side reins, lunge, double lunge.
B) How to effectively send your horse out and away from you at a walk.
C) How to stop your horse immediately if the situation arises.
D) How to slow your horse down in a gait.
E) Where you should position yourself for the horse to move forwards/slow down.
F) If the horse ignores you, what do you do?
G) chat to your mates whilst you're lunging? Answer to that is no!
H) Able to flex a horse on the inside bend effectively without said horse coming in.

The list goes on, but to be an accomplished lunge artist, its best to get someone who knows what they're doing involved.
Oh. And wear gloves!

Sahara, I have always spelt Lunge and lunge, longiert in German, but on every thing English, its labelled 'lunge equipment'.
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    11-16-2011, 01:04 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
I disagree, if you wish to lunge your horse effectively, then I would suggest getting help from someone with experience. Its a good tool to have in your belt, but done wrong is serisouly ineffective and can make like difficult for when you ride.

As a beginner to lunging, would you know the following
A) What equipment to use on your horse ie halter, bridle, cavesson, lunge girth, bugees, pessoa, side reins, lunge, double lunge.
B) How to effectively send your horse out and away from you at a walk.
C) How to stop your horse immediately if the situation arises.
D) How to slow your horse down in a gait.
E) Where you should position yourself for the horse to move forwards/slow down.
F) If the horse ignores you, what do you do?
G) chat to your mates whilst you're lunging? Answer to that is no!
H) Able to flex a horse on the inside bend effectively without said horse coming in.

The list goes on, but to be an accomplished lunge artist, its best to get someone who knows what they're doing involved.
Oh. And wear gloves!

Sahara, I have always spelt Lunge and lunge, longiert in German, but on every thing English, its labelled 'lunge equipment'.
If your you are doing very simple lunging, nothing complex with "cavessons, lunge girths, bugeess, pessoas, side reins, lunge, double lunge." Then you can teach your self. IMO at least.

But I do agree whole hearted when you say wear gloves.
     
    11-16-2011, 04:02 PM
  #9
Green Broke
But then, for me, there is no point in lunging unless you're going to make it effective in a horses training programme and education.

But gloves are very important ;D From personal experience haha!
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    11-16-2011, 04:23 PM
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Showing
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Originally Posted by Legend    
Not necessarily. You can teach your horse to lunge, without a trainer. Whether you have or haven't lunged a horse before.
You can.. but it's not as in depth as if you had a highly trained professional's advice. Lunging is a very very very important tool. As other posters have mentioned, adding devices like SIDE REINS help to not only teach your horse about GIVE, on the ground, but also help to develop BACK MUSCLE and teach the horse that down and round is where they get release.. up and hollowed is not. Sure you can teach the same concept on their backs, but it's like starting a horse under saddle for the first time.. give them the right help to 'get it' on the ground, then you go on their back and they are better prepared and you can further help them without confusion.

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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
I disagree, if you wish to lunge your horse effectively, then I would suggest getting help from someone with experience. Its a good tool to have in your belt, but done wrong is serisouly ineffective and can make like difficult for when you ride.

but to be an accomplished lunge artist, its best to get someone who knows what they're doing involved.
Oh. And wear gloves!
VERY TRUE. That and you aren't setting your horse up for success..



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Originally Posted by Legend    
If your you are doing very simple lunging, nothing complex with "cavessons, lunge girths, bugeess, pessoas, side reins, lunge, double lunge." Then you can teach your self. IMO at least.

But I do agree whole hearted when you say wear gloves.
Yes you can teach a horse to walk, trot, and canter when you say. The very simple concept of basic lunging and basic riding.

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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
But then, for me, there is no point in lunging unless you're going to make it effective in a horses training programme and education.

But gloves are very important ;D From personal experience haha!
Agreed :)
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