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post #1 of 5 Old 01-04-2008, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Substitution to lunging

Can I do something else instead of lunging to excersize my horses when I can't ride (to bring them back after long break, for example)?

I used to do free lunging at the other farm in round pen. At my place I use neighbor's ring, which is not acceptable for free lunging (too big). The problem is when I start lunging (even when I walk in smaller circles myself, not just standing at the same spot and turn) I feel sick in minute or so (I guess because of rather fast turning). Changing directions every half circle doesn't make too much sense either I'd think.
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-04-2008, 02:07 PM
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Ground driving, though that can be kind of a workout for you too. You actually can free lunge in a big ring, you just have to move more. An option is to string a piece of construction tape across half of the ring ( you might use a barrel or jump standard to hold it up in the middle if your ring is REALLY big). I dunno what to tell you about getting dizzy...I guess it happens occasionally if I'm doing really small cirlces.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-04-2008, 03:04 PM
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Yea, and depending on your horse and his level of lungin experience. You don't really need to turn in circles. Sometimes you can just stand there still and pass the line around your back. Not the safest way :roll: , but if your horse is good, it might help you to recover from your dizziness.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-04-2008, 03:23 PM
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Haha, yeah, that is true. I used to excercise an ottb for this woman I knew: you could basically hold the line over your head and he'd circle you just like a human hot walker.
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-07-2008, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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He-he. Just passing the line won't be enough. They both very hot youngsters. Lol! In fact I don't mind running after them in big arena with free lunging (and I did it couple times with my qh). I'm just concerned that will teach them something bad (like running away from me)? Or not? The problem was my qh started to fly when I free lunge her in arena. Is that OK?
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