04-29-2013, 07:40 PM
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Lungeing/longeing is an art that has to be learnt.
To me having a horse run around a round pen or one on a short rope being chased around the handler is not lungeing.
The purpose is to allow a horse to find its own balance, to get the young horse obedient to the voice and use to movement with the tack on.
From lungeing the handler can move to long reining - working with two reins. This can teach the young horse about the bit and what it is for it also enables the handler to drive the horse out and about so it sees what life is all about.
I genuinely feel that once a horse has been ridden there is no need to lunge. Of course there are always times when it comes handy, if a horse has been shut up and is over fresh, inclement weather, lack of time for riding.
On the lunge the horse, unless very well schooled, should be moving on a 15 - 20 metre circle. Anything less than this and it is extremely hard for them to both balance and work correctly.
A horse cannot be correctly lunged without a proper lunge whip. The handler should always wear gloves and it is safer with the young horse, that they wear boots on all four legs.
There are many lunge aids to help a horse use itself correctly, these are best left to those that know how to use them correctly.