My daughter is about to be 10. For the year we have leased, then owned her horse, I usually do the lunging if/when our trainer recommends it. Just to reassure everyone, I took a few lessons from the trainer to ensure I understood the basics. Acey listens to cues well and isn't a brat when we work.
My question is this: If part of the point of lunging is to establish myself as "the boss" and get our mare to yeild to me...wouldn't it make sense for my daughter, her rider, to also establish her leadership?
Is it safe for a smallish 10 year old (60 lbs) to lunge a horse? I usually use a lunge line, but we have access to a smaller arena that could be used to free lunge.
For safety, can I also stand with my daughter or does that defeat the purpose of having her do it?
The older girls (teens) are required to lunge their own horses, but the trainer has never indicated that I should stop and let Kitten take over.
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