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post #11 of 12 Old 12-02-2008, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by SonnyWimps View Post
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:
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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, thats enough.

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post #12 of 12 Old 12-04-2008, 08:34 AM
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I used to have a similar problem with my mare. She refused to lunge for me at all. She would rear and that always put me off. I couldn't figure out why she was doing it at the time but I got a professional to work with her and they could lunge her fine so I realised it as my confidence that was affecting her. I eventually worked out my issues and she's fine now so if you persist and are patient and try to be confident then he'll come round.

Good luck . . . .I know how fustrating it is but hang in there!

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