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post #1 of 4 Old 05-21-2012, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Teaching a horse to long-line

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Can anybody advise me how does one train a horse to long-line(longing with two lines)?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-21-2012, 02:56 PM
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Hello!! First get yourself some long lines ;) cheap ones can be made at home depot. Make sure your horse is desensitized to ropes and whips all over and up and down everything. No questions asked.

Step 1- stand at horses shoulder with reins attached to halter. Loop right rein over wither area and you might want to carry a whip or crop to enforce your voice commands. Ask your horse to walk ( with you next to the shoulder). Ask for whoa. Ask to turn left and right.

Step 2- once they are comfortable with that take a step away from the shoulder. Continue with walk, woah, and turning. Keep getting further and further away and keep moving back towards the flank-ish area.

Step 3- move right rein over the rump (it should rest above the hocks) but don't stand directly behind yet. Work on turning, etc etc. If your horse is comfortable try from behind if you want. If you have a training surcingle you can toss that on too.

Once you get nice and far away you can introduce the bridle and double lunge, which I love doing! :) any questions PM me.
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Thank you, I knew I was missing a few steps, just wasn't sure what they were! The long lines have been lying in the tack room for years being used for everything but what they were meant for. Now I just have to find someone to help me get rid of the thorns in my round pen.
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Another thing I would suggest is to find a horse who either knows how or is calm and patient to learn off of. It takes a lot of adjusting and readjusting to get used to handling the lines. They are very awkward at first!
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