Teaching a horse to lunge for the first time??

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    07-18-2011, 08:59 AM
Question Teaching a horse to lunge for the first time??

I have a 4 year old MAre that I am training. We are doing very good with ground training but I'm not sure how to start teaching her to lunge. Since she knows nothing about it,she likes to follow me or my mom when we get her on the lunge line.

The last time we worked with her,my mom was holding the lunge line and I walked with Andie (my mare) so she could see what we were trying to get her to do. Since she knows me and my mom,I'm not sure if I should have my friend come out who is a trainer-or If I should just keep working with Andie.
Any tips?

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    07-18-2011, 09:09 AM
From the horse's perpective she wants to be with you and you are driving her away. While you are standing near her jaw ask her to move her head away by putting light pressure between her jaw bone and muzzle. At first you may get only a slight movement but be sure to remove your fingers immediately. Wait a few seconds and repeat. This will eventually teach her to move away when you point the lunge whip toward her neck. Don't expect big results, training often happens in inches.
    07-18-2011, 09:37 AM
Ok, I will try that :)

Thanks for the help!

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