Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
As said, I use lunging to get my horses attention before a ride, and to remind him who he needs to be listening too. I also lunge him when we cannot ride to ensure he is getting exercise.
When he was younger lunging was to teach respect. We started in a round pen, and he knows he is only allowed to stop when I ask, and when he is asked to "whoa" he is to turn in, and walk calmly into the center of the pen with me. There he gets love and scratches. When he is on the outside of the center, he is expected to listen and watch for my cues. I as him to change direction, and transition up and down.
I use a lunge whip as an extension of my arm to keep driving him forward. In some cases, it is nice to have when lunging someone else's horse, and they are being disrespectful and cutting across the circle. I like it to remind them to get out of my space.