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post #1 of 18 Old 07-16-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Question Refusing To Lunge!

So today I was attempting to lunge my 10 year old mare Egyptian Arabian and for some reason she would not lunge she just followed me and i even used my lunge whip and nothing I do not know how to get her going my mom said she had the same problem with her 5 year old mare pinto and couldn't fix the situation either I have never had a problem with this I need to know how to get her going. PLEASE HELP!
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-16-2012, 11:13 PM
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Try a lot of ground work to build respect. Lots of backing up and you not backing down. My mare will get like this sometimes. She will turn her face away and block me out.I do lots of backing to get her attention. And if necessary I have to stand next to her and push her nose the direction I want her to go.
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-16-2012, 11:22 PM
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I'm by no means an expert but I do ok in the lunge arena. Are you in a round pen or lunging on a long lead? Has she lunged for you in the past and suddenly stopped?

With my horse if he's feeling lazy - I have to "move him out" I grab his halter get him moving, let go and keep walking at him but kind of from his hind quarter. If he stops I might show him the lunge whip but he doesn't need me to use it, seeing it is enough to get his full attention and he listens once he realizes I'm not taking no for an answer.
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-16-2012, 11:36 PM
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Eh, it's ok. It simply means you do not understand horse body language and have no ideo how to communicate with your horse. Hopefully you learn that with time.
Until then, take the whip and whack it at her until she leaves. That's probably your best bet at the moment. Or just... don't lunge her.
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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@bnayc thank you i will give it a try @countof3 I have tried both long lead and I dont have a round pen but i use a flat area of her pasture. I have never gotten her to lunge i got her the past saturday and a few days before when I was looking at her for the first time the original owner even couldn't get her to fully lunge she would go around half ways and then stop. she is nearly perfect with everything else BUT lunging her ground work is wonderful she does everything on cue or at least a second later.
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Well I'm sure you will continue to get ideas, but for me in that case, we wouldn't be done lunging until she did it. And if a lunge whip keeps her moving, so be it. She seems to think it's an option to call it done? Not fatal but stubborn and the more times she ends the lunge session by stopping or not moving, the more she'll do it. I think until you see her reaction when you push her, being at a distance with a lunge whip is a good idea.

I don't know about others, I haven't had to hit a horse with a whip before - crop yes (but that's only for close work) but not the lunge. The ground behind him is enough to mean business. Or in front when I've cued him to stop and he ignores me....only takes once or twice.

Like I tell my kids, he just wants you to PROVE you can make him listen. Once you do, it makes a huge difference. She wants proof :)
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Make sure you step sideways behind her shoulder line. You should move towards her hindquarters, and don't be afraid to give her a crack across the rump - lunge whips really don't hurt that bad (I've accidentally been smacked with one before).

Try lungeing in a bridle. Pass the lunge line through the inside bit ring, under the chin and clip to the outside bit ring (clip facing outward to prevent discomfort). This prevents the bit from being pulled through the mouth.
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post #8 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 07:25 AM
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I don't know what you do to get a horse to lunge but this is what I would do:

First, hold your arm out with the rope and point to give direction. Your horse probably will not respond. In your other hand would be a cue stick, whip or end of the rope. Swing in big circles using your whole arm to create pressure for the horse to move away.

Most likely, your horse will just stand there or back away. Keep pointing and swinging your arm and start walking towards your horses head until the horse turns its front end away and moves forward. You may end up hitting the horse before it moves away. Some may not like doing that but you did already give the horse fair warning to move. When she does move forward, stop everything you are doing. Let your arms hang at the side. You are just trying to first teach her to move away and forward.

Once she gets that down, then you can work on keeping her moving forward.
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post #9 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 07:53 AM
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Oh and if she moves in towards you on the circle make sure you don't end up with a slack line that she could get caught on but do not step back to keep it taut, if at all possible step towards her (once again behind the line of the girth to keep her going forward) and drive her back onto her circle and forward.
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post #10 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 09:33 AM
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Are you sure she's trained to lunge? She might not know how.
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