Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Fraser Valley, BC
I suppose for the first couple of times lunging a new-to-you horse, working in a round pen would be the easiest for feeling the new mount out...and vice versa, kind of simplifies things. Although I am not one to drill horses on circles on the lunge or under saddle.
When I have lunging sessions with my horses I use my entire arena, incorporating straight lines, various diameter circles and whatever else goes with the flow of the moment.
I also like liberty work, which you generally start off in a smaller area...saves on running around until you have made a good connection.
But it all depends on the purpose in what you are doing.