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post #1 of 5 Old 11-25-2012, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Teaching a Horse To Lunge.

I have a coming 2 year old quarter horse filly. I have done a lot, in fact most of the ground work completed but I have not done any lunging, I have gotten her to yeild her hind quarters ( although she only does it if I annoy her by tapping them.) She is not scared of the whip or rope and will not flee if I swing them around or tap her. She is however very respectful of my boundries.

Anyways. Any tips on how to train a horse to lunge?

P.S. I know it is not good to lunge a young horse too much.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-25-2012, 10:31 PM
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I would say that the first step is being able to move their forequarters away from you. That exposes the driveline so you can get them to go forward.
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First things first, do you have an experienced trainer to help you? No matter what advice you get on here, you will need someone who has done this before to help you read the body language and behaviors of your horse as well as make sure you're sending correct and consistent cues. To me, whether you are lunging on a line or free lunging, you must first be able to communicate clearly back and forth with your horse - in this case, it needs to be extremely clear since your horse is just learning how this communication will work.
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I know you might not want to hear this but you should get some hands on help. Think about it, if you don't know how to teach it, and she has no clue of what your asking her...how can you expect to teach her effectively? She will probably be pretty confused at first, and experience in this field would help immensely to keep her from being confused even more....hope that makes sense lol.
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If you can get your hands on it, I very much like Clinton Anderson's way of teaching, because he explains things so well. You know exactly when/where/why he is doing something.

Here's an example video I found on YouTube

An above poster is right: You need to also be able to control the horse's shoulders (along with the hindquarters) before you can start teaching them to lunge.

Make sure you are wearing gloves when lunging. Prevents rope burns!

It is easiest to have a long lunge whip. You won't necessarily need to whip the horse, but you do need an extension of your arm to keep you in a safe zone away from the horse.

Lunging is all about body position. Make sure your body is behind the horse's shoulder. Watch Clinton in the video I posted and watch his body position. If you step in front of the horse's shoulder, that's the horse's cue to STOP.

Let's say you want the horse to travel counter clockwise. You would hold the lead rope in your left hand, and hold your left hand out in the air in the direction you want the horse to go (again, watch Clinton's video and see where his leading hand is). And you'd hold the whip in your right hand.

Start by keeping the line short so you have better control of your horse's body. Also, make sure you start at the walk.

Lunging is not meant to "tire" or simply "work" the horse. Lunging is meant to teach respect to the horse and make him pay attention to you and your body language.

As someone else recommended, lunging is very difficult to explain over the computer. It is much better to have someone who you in person.

Especially if you have never trained a young one from scratch before, it can never hurt to have a few lessons with a trainer to make sure you are doing things correctly.

Heck, I've been riding for 24 years and I just took some English riding lessons yesterday. You are never beyond the point of learning.

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