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  • Ways to get a horse to collect an round up
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    06-02-2008, 07:15 PM
Rounded Lunging?

I can't get my horse to slow down and round up when I lunge him. His head's always high and he always looks flat...Tips?
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    06-02-2008, 07:28 PM
I find that Sonny is also like that...he won't collect while lunging even with side-reins on.
Most horses will run with their head errect due to if they were fleeing in the wild there head would be errect and looking around for preditors.

And as for going slower on the line...what are you lunging him with? A lunge whip? Or just the end of the rope? If lunge whip...put it down or move it slower...and for the end of the rope...don't move it or move it slower

Probably not the best way of doing it...probably someone else will have better suggestions
    06-02-2008, 07:38 PM
I do lunge with a whip, but I really don't use it that much. I normally don't lunge him on a line if I am going to canter him. He does much better off the line. For trotting I will lunge him on the line, but he always keeps his head high, wether I lunge him off or on the line. I need tips on how to get him to relax.
    06-02-2008, 07:43 PM
Do you think he's tense because he's frightened? Something is bothering him?
Sonny really never puts his head down too much while lunging...he loves to run around the arena and only drops his head to throw a buck or toss his head

To be honest, not sure waht ways to get him to lower his head and relax
    06-02-2008, 07:46 PM
Green Broke
First, keep in mind that horses will come out of frame because, well, it's HARD to keep yourself round when going in a circle over poles (hence the muscle building thing ;) )

If you have one that stargazes while lunging, first make sure you are going s l o w. Really slow - like a jog. I always then take the lunge line and gently shake it from side to side as if saying "hey, pay a bit of attention here"...don't know why, but even with my 5 gaited (aka upheaded) saddlebred, this works in lowering his head. Keep the momentum slow, slow, slow until your horse is very comfy doing it. I always know when my guy is really into it...he kinda sashe's (sp?) really moving his butt in an up and down fashion as he moves.

The Pessoa lunging device is a great mechanical way of getting your horse to round out. It can be pretty easily immitated in parts.

The big arab barn I worked at would take a surcingle and two lead ropes (or split reins) the split reins were tied to the sircingle (about mid way up), run in between the horses front legs, then hooked to the bit. As the horse progressed in his training, the reins were tied shorter and shorter. (word of caution, this does not get them "on" the bit, more like behind it - and many would rear at the unfamiliar be careful)

Gosh, that turned out long... good luck!
    06-02-2008, 07:52 PM
Yeah! I have a lot of advice! I'll try the tips guys! They'll probably help alot.

I think he just has a lot of energy and isn't used to getting out a lot for reasons. He reared on someone so they wouldn't let us ride him for a while. Long, dumb, anger-inducing story that I don't feel like getting in to!

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