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post #1 of 18 Old 11-21-2010, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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NEED HELP! Pony running like crazy on lounge line

I am at a complete loss with this one. I've got a 13.2 hh welsh that is a pretty nervous guy but overall pretty willing. When I put him on a lounge line he just goes as fast as he possibly can and pulls on the line to get away from me as much as possible. He won't slow down until you get him to a complete halt and he's backing up away from you. I've tried to just wait for him to tire out, but it never happens he will run until he is breathing so hard. I've tried getting him in a small circle but he canters or trots really fast in such a tight circle I think I could reach out and touch him. For him it's either 1,000 mph or a complete stop hauling back.

We don't have a roundpen, so I really can't use that. He's not really rideable yet either so I need to be able to work him on the lungeline. I don't know his hitsory, he just came to me last week and I know he was allowed to run fast and buck a lot on the lunge line with the previous trainers. I think he's scared and also misbehaving but I just don't know how to slow him down at all! Has anyone else been able to fix this with their horses?
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-21-2010, 01:51 AM
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I think you have to let him run it out. Don't use a whip, just ask him to move out and calmly lunge him until he is done. Keep him going a few more strides, then bring him down and cool him out. You will get bored, I'm sure. Make it as big a circle as possible and change direction if you can.
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post #3 of 18 Old 11-21-2010, 05:28 AM
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You answered the problem yourself. He was allowed to do this. It seems the last owners drilled speed into his head. He also is afraid. You've only had him for a week and he needs a little time to adjust. I think if you stay calm around him and just lunge him how you have been without a whip, he will tire out eventually. He may sweat like no other but he will start to learn on his own to slow down. Just keep yourself calm, and talk calm. As he's lunging, tell him "easy". Poor thing. But if you stay consistent and gentle he will begin to trust you more and understand. Just be patient. Good Luck!
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post #4 of 18 Old 11-21-2010, 05:49 AM
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If reeco goes off on one on the lunge I just wait him out. Last time I lunged him he spent 20 mins cantering round because it was all just soo exciting.

When he finnished having a canter round I proceded to work him sensibly ad got quite a bit done. However it was just a waiting game for him to calm enough to make sense.

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post #5 of 18 Old 11-21-2010, 06:13 AM
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Then if he needs 20min. Give him that. However long it takes. He will learn that its more work to keep running. As long as you have the patience he'll learn.
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Thanks for the advice so far. I'm going to try letting him run it out today. I'm just afraid that it' going to take him like 2 hours, but I guess it's worth it... We'll see.
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-21-2010, 09:21 AM
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I have one more suggestion but wait to see what progress you get out of letting him run. Remember he will probably be very sweaty and to walk him by hand after. Good luck
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He will tire more quickly if you do lots of direction changes. It will engage his brain as well. I mean, go a couple of strides, ask for a direction change, go a few strides, direction change, repeatedly. But make sure you're not always asking for a change of direction at the same place, so he has to learn to pay attention to you. So have him go 3 strides one direction, change direction, a full circle, change direction, 6 strides, change, 2 strides, change, 2 circles, change, etc. Once he's consistently changing direction on your cue, encorporate something else, such as stopping on command, walking, trotting, backing, turning to face you, coming toward you in the center of the circle, etc.
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-27-2010, 12:51 AM
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How big an area are you having to use to lounge him in? Is the area fenced with wood fences or wire? Are you able to make use of two sides/corner to at least "mark" off two sides of an area to work in?

If you at least have something to make a definite path that would help a little.

But if you don't, I would start by handwalking him more with voice commands, teaching him to listen to your cues, and to whoa or walk when you say so. That way he associates you with your being in control.

And use the same commands consistently, that will help a lot too. If you are in a fit enough state to "trot" with him, you can even do some trotting. Just make it off of your commands. And if he gets too full of himself, take him back down to a walk, or stop him.

Getting drug around on a line isn't much fun, for either you or the horse, and working on his letting you be the leader will help.
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I'm not a professional trainer, but here is what I can say from experience...
My old Arabian did the same thing... but it was because he was herd bound... but that's besides the point.
What I would do is what everyone previously said- just let him run. My boy would act crazy and run to try and scare me so I'd let him go... I just stood there like "Okay, you want to run? How about faster then?? FASTER..." and I just stood there, very little body movement, but still pushed him forward... eventually he was like "wait no I don't want to run anymore!!!" Haha.. but that was in a different situation, my guy wasn't scared at all.
Just act calm and relaxed. And the moment he starts to slow down, reward him by taking pressure off of him... Don't look at him, put the whip down, and if you need turn around... Almost like join up, lol. That should teach him to slow down.
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