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    08-31-2010, 07:00 AM
Question Teaching A filly to Lung

Am having problems trying to train my filly to lung, she just comes in to you or if she dosent want to move kick out, some times its dangrose but I really don't want to give up.

This man on the yard got her going around but she was running on fear, and it wasent to my liking as there was no traing of voice commandes she was just running in cuircls :(

If any one has any tips please tell me coz am will ing to try any thing just to get her lunging

But can't use TREATS she's gets bargie when she just has one and gets a bit mood if she don't get another :P LOL
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    08-31-2010, 11:01 AM
How old is she, and how are you currently trying to lunge her? Because you are saying filly, I'm suspecting she's quite young. You don't want to do too much lunging at all with youngsters, it is a very tough exercise on their still undeveloped joints.

I like to start by getting the horse VERY good at leading. When I say 'woah' the horse must stop dead. When I say 'walk on', the horse must walk on, even if I have not begun moving myself. From there, I'll start asking the horse to move away from me, and walk at a distance, while continuing to practice those voice aids. A dressage whip or similar is useful here, just to use as an aid to encourage the horse out away from you (just using the handle end of the whip and pointing it towards the horse either to it's girth or hindquarters depending on where the evasion is coming from).

I continue this, until I can walk on a fairly large circle, with the horse walking comfortably a few meters to the outside of me. If horse tries to come in, I point the handle of the whip and if I need to, will walk towards the horse to push it back out.

You can slowly bring your own circle smaller, while asking the horse to carry on away from you on a gradually larger circle. Always remembering your walk on and woah voice aids. Don't worry about trot and canter until the horse will comfortably walk out on a big circle and stop/walk on, on command.
    08-31-2010, 11:02 AM
Oh, and I'd like to see someone try training a horse to lunge with treats haha, don't know how they'd do it, maybe tying a carrot in front of it's face ? :P
    08-31-2010, 06:40 PM
Shes very bomb proof and dosent really care about wips and she's a dream leading walks on comand stands and trots, Due to us wanting to show her in hand we really worked on this but due to problems with the jeep we couldent :(

She 2 and 6 months

When trying to lunge her she ignors the wip as she dosent care about it, but wen she goes around she moves with her head not from her shoulder meaning she comes straite in to me (could this be because I do join up with her?)

We want her to start lunging her as she's troted and walked with a saddle on just neva canterd and e.g other train we have to do!

And with the treats someone told us we sould rewared her with a treat if she stays out and moves from her shoulder while pokin her in the sholder with a crop hmmmm :/

Thank you
    08-31-2010, 07:58 PM
Try having someone walk beside her holding her halter while you give the lunging commands.
    08-31-2010, 08:10 PM
How exactly do you reward her for staying out with a treat? You would have to bring her back into you or go out to her, which defeats the purpose! Definitely don't use treats to teach lunging, I've never heard of such an odd method :/

If she's not worried about the whip, then you'll have to use your body to back it up. A mare wouldn't take it if the filly kept coming into her space when she wanted it out would she? So be the mare, if the filly makes a move to come into you, ask nicely first by pointing/flicking the whip towards her girth/shoulder. And if you get no reaction, then move defiantly towards her and growl at her, wave your hands if you need to. She might jump back, but that's fine, just get her out of your space.
It's fine to desensitise horses, but they need to have a small amount of fear and respect for you and things like whips. Otherwise you create you may actually be creating a monster. Make sure she knows that you **** well mean it when she comes in on you. And stop the join up at least until she's really got the hand of lunging. They are two very different things but to the horse, you're running it on a circle and normally you want it to come in, so why isn't that acceptable now? Make it known that you want her to stay out from you and ease up with join up.

G&K'sMom had a good tip, having someone walk with her. You can start with them leading her out onto the larger circle, then removing their hand from the halter so she's walking on her own, and slowly backing out towards the middle of the circle, it is just about the same practice as what I described above, but with 2 people.

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