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    05-02-2011, 09:47 AM
Our horse won't lunge?

I have a 7 year old QH/TB that i'm having problems with lunging.

When I try to get him to lunge he will throw his head up, sometimes rear.(Maybe two three inches off the ground. Not a big rear.) And sometimes he will kick. He's never charged though.

I need some advise on what maybe be bothering him or if i'm doing it wrong.

I don't understand what i'm doing wrong. My other horse will lunge just fine.
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    05-02-2011, 12:11 PM
You could try somebody walking him round the circle for a while and see how he reacts? Then try at a trot?
Also if you are using a lunge whip make sure you desensitise by gentally rubbing the horse with the whip until he is unafraid.
These techniques worked for my horse when she did the same sort of thing.
    05-02-2011, 12:13 PM
I don't know the story of your horse, but my guess is he just doesn't want to listen to you. When he kicks and rears make him move faster. Teach him that when he is disrespectful he has to work harder. He also may just have some extra energy he needs to get out. I just pushed mine, told him I didn't care what he thought, he was moving anyway, and now he is a perfect gentlemen on the lunge.

Hope this helps.
    05-02-2011, 12:48 PM
Well my horse won't even move. It's more of trying to lunge him to his left. He will lunge to his right, OK. He is 7 and is very gentle but hasn't had the basic training of anything. He came off the track so he hasn't been taught anything but run forward. I make him move even though I can't get him to go in circles for me.

Romance I do, do that. But he's not trained to neck rein. Yes I do use a lunge whip but he's fine with it. Just to point out we don't have a round pen so where just using our little arena. (It's out door.)

But i'm willing to try anything but right know it's raining and very mud so it will have to wait until the weather agrees with us.
    05-02-2011, 12:59 PM
Forgive me, but what is neck rein?
He sounds like he does exactly what my horse used to do, I got somebody to comfort her whilst going around me giving her the commands for a good few sessions and then just they walked beside her after that, walk on the lunge was fine, we did the same for trot and canter just came naturally. I goot this technique out of a book from a friend but I cannot recall the name, sorry.
    05-02-2011, 02:32 PM
Neck rein- is when the horse responds to the pressure you put on one side of there neck with the reins to make them turn.

Well once this rain and mud clears up i'll be working with him. Thanks.
    05-02-2011, 03:32 PM
Body language can really affect a horse's forward movement (or lack thereof). Good article: Language of the Lunge | Chris Irwin
    05-02-2011, 03:36 PM
It might be a body language thing. I've seen a handful of the Chris Irwin videos. They helped. My mare would do the little rear thing and just be a brat if she wasn't in the mood to lunge. It would take some adjusting from me before I could get her moving and if she threw a fit, she kept moving.
    05-02-2011, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by HopalongCassidy    
I need some advise on what maybe be bothering him or if i'm doing it wrong.

I don't understand what i'm doing wrong. My other horse will lunge just fine.
Originally Posted by HopalongCassidy    
...but hasn't had the basic training of anything. He came off the track so he hasn't been taught anything...
Your second post answers your original question. You need to teach him HOW to lunge. Just because one horse will do it for you doesn't mean all will. There have been many threads about how to lunge, but no one uses tags so you don't find them if you use the Search. You can go back through the older posts to find them.
Originally Posted by HopalongCassidy    
...Romance I do, do that. But he's not trained to neck rein.
Whether or not a horse can neck rein doesn't have anything to do with lunging.

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