Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Thanks, Sonny. I've thought about having someone on the outside as well, but I'm usually the only one working there when I go.
She canters fine in the small pen I use as my round pen (it's too big and square to be useful as a round pen though), and she turns small canter circles there no problem so I'm not concerned about her being hurt. That was my first reaction, but she's sound all around and doesn't seem in pain, it's more fright than anything. Also, I haven't lunged her with a saddle at all... she's preggy, so I don't want anything banging on her sides.. I keep her workouts short because of that as well. Adding on to that, I don't like working her at liberty because she tends to just canter away from my pressure and gets all worked up really quickly, so I like the control of the lunge line.
Again, the only reason I want her to canter on the lunge is because I like to get green horses cantering well on the lunge line first (with and without a saddle) so when it comes to the first canter under saddle, I can start in the "safe zone" of being on a lunge line with someone else controlling her so all she and I have to worry about is getting used to the feel of one another, then we move off on our own.
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