Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
why do you want to lunge the horse?
Normally if I want to discipline Sonny, I have him do something he dislikes then come back to the thing that he isn't doing. Of course at first I assess if something physical is making him act up or not listen.
Here's a good link that Appy gave me which is so true: Round Penning
Thats a really good article Sonny. I don't lunge mine either. I started lunging my 2 year olds in the round pen a week or so ago. They had never done it before. They did great doing everything I asked, then I had to ask myself, Why am I doing this? I'm taking 2 well behaved friendly fillys that have taken every training step in stride and teaching them to run away from me. It didn't make sense so I stopped and decided we wouldn't go that route. I prefer to do all close work. Even with a horse that hasn't been ridden in awhile. Get them yielding the at the hind, and fore. Flexing laterally vertically and at the poll. Saddle up and off we go. I think its more important to get their attention close in rather than pushing them away and just wearing them out. Glad to see (in that article) that I'm not alone.
I worried that if I ever had to sell them they wouldn't know how to lunge and that would be considered a hole in their training but oh well they did it fine for me once, that's enough.