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post #1 of 3 Old 05-20-2012, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Some Lunging Questions/Help?

The other day I went out to lunge Navigator, just to give him a little work since I didn't have time to ride and also to tune him up on lunging since we hadn't done it in a while, and we had a very difficult time!

It's been a long time since I've lunged him, which may be part of the problem, and while he was listening and following my vocal commands for upward transitions, he was completely ignoring me on his downward transitions (trot-walk especially). I had to bring in the line until the circle was too small for him to trot any more to get him to stop. I don't think he's unsure about the commands, because I was able to get him to do it well once or twice. I think he was just ignoring me! How can I slow him down when he's just not listening?

The other little problem we had was at the canter. He pulled and leaned against the lunge, and did not want to bend correctly, especially on the left lead. On the right, we got a couple nice transitions where he carried himself properly and bent correctly, but other than that everything felt very frantic, like he was just running into the canter and then couldn't hold himself. I let the line out quite a bit because I thought maybe the circle was too small for him to balance on, but that didn't seem to help any.

I think he might be a little bit stiff to the left, which could cause him to not want to bend, but could it be more than that? Hopefully this was just partly because it's been so long since he's lunged, but I'm not sure.

Any advice?
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-21-2012, 10:48 AM
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The other day I went out to lunge Navigator, just to give him a little work since I didn't have time to ride and also to tune him up on lunging since we hadn't done it in a while, and we had a very difficult time!

It's been a long time since I've lunged him, which may be part of the problem, and while he was listening and following my vocal commands for upward transitions, he was completely ignoring me on his downward transitions (trot-walk especially). I had to bring in the line until the circle was too small for him to trot any more to get him to stop. I don't think he's unsure about the commands, because I was able to get him to do it well once or twice. I think he was just ignoring me! How can I slow him down when he's just not listening?

The other little problem we had was at the canter. He pulled and leaned against the lunge, and did not want to bend correctly, especially on the left lead. On the right, we got a couple nice transitions where he carried himself properly and bent correctly, but other than that everything felt very frantic, like he was just running into the canter and then couldn't hold himself. I let the line out quite a bit because I thought maybe the circle was too small for him to balance on, but that didn't seem to help any.

I think he might be a little bit stiff to the left, which could cause him to not want to bend, but could it be more than that? Hopefully this was just partly because it's been so long since he's lunged, but I'm not sure.

Any advice?
some times it goes like that your better off leting the horse let off steam
Then when he is running out of it you can gain controle its probley becouse he is fresh as long as you keep him running foward untill he listens to your commands its a battle of wills keep the lunge line long as possable so he has to work harder.
Once that energy has gone do the same on the other rein untill you have levled up your circuits (laps)then start the schooling on the lunge.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-22-2012, 05:12 PM
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Be consistent and include lunging in your everyday routine, if it is that important to you that your horse lunges. Your horse is probably stiffer to the left. Most likely you are right handed and so you are naturally better with your right side. So chances are unless you are extremely perceptive about your cues then chances are you do not ask for the same suppleness from left to right.

One thing that I like to do when getting my horse to transition online is a change directions more frequently. If I were to use the vocal cue 'walk' and they continued to trot or lope I step in front of the drive line (the spot where your horse slows or turns when you step to it) and send them the other way. I will change directions as often as I need to until the transition is made.

Say the command
Wait for a sec to process
*no transition*
Change direction *not change then repeat*
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