Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: With my boys & girl
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Either way. Any sudden weather change, or incoming storm can make them frisky.
When I say lunging, I don't mean run them around the pen for an hour. Go in there, ask for speed changes (walk, trot, canter), turns, yielding hind end, shoulders, etc. You just want them to be listening fine and focused on you. That can take 5 mins or 15 or until you can establish focus.
Like I said, I don't do it with my old guy as even if he acts up (to him that spooking - twitching and starring at something or turning and looking at it), I can handle it. My greenie with 3 intermittent rides under her belt and changing weather, yes, I will lunge her. I'd rather her buck in the short lunging session, then get focused on work, then not lunge her and she bucks under me. She loves to work though, so it usually doesn't take long. So you just have to figure out where your horse falls and what you are comfortable with riding out.