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    01-28-2009, 12:16 AM
Need advice on lunging

I need advice on lunging one of the mares I work with. She is doing real well at the walk and trot but I would like to get her to canter on the lunge. Are there any special cues to give her? The other mare I'm working with won't do anything faster than a walk on the lunge. How can I get her to trot on the lunge line? Neither of them are frightened of the lunge line or whip so that is not an issue. I've had almost no experience with this so I would really appreciate any suggestions! - Thanks!
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    01-28-2009, 01:05 AM
You do not want the horse to be afraid of the whip, but you do want them to respect it. You might need to snap it near the horse and give the verbal cue for whatever gait you are wanting them to move into. Make sure they know the verbal cue in-hand first, this will make lunging much easier. If after snapping the whip behind them and they still do not move out, you may need to let it gently hit their hind end. They need to know that the whip + verbal cue means to go forward. Some horses just need to feel the lightest touch of the whip, others may need to feel it a little harder. Depends on the horse. For the most part I have not had to do more than a light touch of the whip, my horses learned the verbal cue in-hand so working on the lunge was not difficult. I believe it was for the canter cue they had to have the light touch on the hind end to fully understand what I was asking for. Keep in mind I am NOT saying to hit your horse with the whip, definitely do not want this post to come across that way! I cannot stress how important in-hand work is to work towards lunging correctly.
    01-28-2009, 10:36 AM
I agree with SaddleUp158, your horse shouldn't be afraid of the whip but should respect that it is an extension of your body and that it needs to respect what you are asking it to do. When I was lounge training my current horse it took a flick of the whip for the trot and he soon learned what I was asking for and it did take a swat on the butt for him to understand what the canter was. My cue for the canter is so say canter and give a kiss, then it is easily transferred to riding cues but im sure everyone cues a tad different. Let us know how it goes!
    01-28-2009, 11:09 AM
Thanks for the advice! I will start working with her on that today. Since she is good with the trot, she probably just needs a little more urging for the canter. I'll definitely work with her more in hand too. I use the kissing cue for canter too so hopefully she takes the cue from the riding to the lunging. Thanks again!
    01-28-2009, 11:30 AM
No problem!

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