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post #1 of 6 Old 06-24-2012, 04:26 AM Thread Starter
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im about to buy a stock horse who is 15 years old and for the last 10 years he's only been out on trails as a beginner horse, he's has a lovely temper and is very calm but the only downside is he has never be introduced to arena work or been lunged, but is fully aware of how to respond when i ask for walk trot canter while i am riding him on the trail and when i tried to ride him in a round yard he would walk but with great difficulty. I was wondering what would be the best thing to do once i get him to his new home and what the best way is to introduce lunging in a round yard?

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-24-2012, 05:06 AM
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I would not work him in a round pen, it is tight work for them and he will find it difficult. I would do all the work in an arena, easier for him and better too.
There is no need to lunge him to start with.
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If hes never lunged before, start by walking him round in hand so he gets used to being in an enclosed space. Then stand in the middle and have someone else at his head. Gradually reduce the influence of the person at the horses head. Eventually he'll be lunging! For trot, ask like you normally would on the lunge. If he doesn't understand, reintroduce the handler until he gets it.

Lunging isn't always neccissary, but it is useful for teaching horses to properly carry and support themselves. What are you wanting to do with him? If you need to do schooling and hes tense in the school under saddle, try schooling him in a field or out on the trails.

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How about this. Leave the arena gate open. Ride on the trail, come back and go into the arena, do some riding and then come back out and go on the trail.

Keep doing that until you and your horse realize that there is no difference

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Horses that have just been ridden out on the trails have a problem jogging and loping while being handled in the mouth at the same time. They usually just want to stop.

When we take a horse that has just been ridden out on trails, we start with jogging big circles out in a big pasture. We go on the trails and jog circles around trees and bushes where it is open enough. We get them comfortable with having their mouths handled and going forward at the same time. We try to avoid getting them frustrated and stopping and then having to get them going and then just having them stop again. Just gradually start handling their mouths out in the open.

Then, when you get them good at it at the jog, you ca start loping and doing the same thing. If the area is big enough, like a pasture of several acres, he will learn a lot easier.
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Perfect answer, Cherie, once again.

I bought one a couple of years ago who was only 6, but had also never been ridden in an arena, but you could put a monkey on his back and he did trails beautifully. Here was the issue I ran into retraining him. Because he was a "beginner horse" on the trails, he had never, ever, really been challenged or asked to do something on his own. Start slow. I think Cheries advise is perfect. And, BTW, I have a great arena AND trail horse now.

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