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post #1 of 3 Old 06-17-2012, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Problems with lunging?

Okay, I have been working with my 3 y.o Haflinger for awhile trying to get her lunging to teach her the voice commands for walk, trot, whoa, etc. as she is going to be a driving horse. Whenever I get her lunging she will go around 2-3 laps perfectly then she either stops, turns and faces me refusing to move or takes off bucking, kicking, and galloping around me in circles(once missing kicking me in the head by only inches, that is why I have been wearing my helmet while attempted lunging and ground driving, and people think I'm crazy) She has ground driving a couple times successfully(walk on, stop, and basic steering). I can't figure it out.

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-17-2012, 01:54 AM
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Nothing to figure out - she has little respect for you.

First off, you need to be quicker to flick the whip at her or across her back legs the moment she goes to stop and turn towards you.

Keep a shorter line but walk a small circle so she has a larger circle to go around you - a larger circle is important because if it is tight it puts a lot of strain on their legs and also will shorten their stride.

As for taking off - you need the line attached to a lunge cavesson so that control is from the front of the face and not behind. Again, you need to be quicker to keep her from turning away from you.
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What I do when they turn in is quickly shorten the lungeline, get in the driving position, and spank the ground behind them to get them moving forward. Then I slowly let the line out again when they are behaving.

Sky was taught, yes TAUGHT, to turn in when he was done working INCLUDING under saddle.. very poor habit. He used to try this with me so I fixed him of it in exactly the same way as I described above. You don't always have to smack the ground but to get them knowing that turning their hind away from you and trying to stop = more work.

Timing. Timing. Timing.

But agree with Foxhunter, lack of respect mixed with confusion.

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