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        08-20-2009, 05:47 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Training to Longe

    Or is it lunge...?

    Well, however it's spelled, I need some advice.

    I'm currently working with a 4 year old Thoroughbred mare at my local Humane Society (I volunteer there). She needs some basic groundwork training, and it would just be good for her to know this stuff so perhaps someone would adopt her. She has some vices, such as cribbing and being rather silly about things (she has a bit of an attitude problem and she is a devil to catch), but overall she's a really good horse that just needs attention and training. Just from the little things I've done, I know she's brilliant. She really wants to learn, and she learns things fast. I'm not interested in training her to saddle- I'm not experienced enough for that- but getting the basics down would be good.

    So one of the workers got a lunge (longe? D: ) line for me, and I've been working with her on that. She's obviously never been longed before, and at first she was seriously confused by what I was asking her. All I've been doing is getting her to walk on both reins without stopping, and she's doing really well now(though her right side is a bit iffy since she doesn't understand why I'm over there instead of on the left...). What I want to know is what the best way would be to get her to trot. I tried it yesterday and she freaked out a bit and tried to get away. I'd like to avoid that, if at all possible...
    I don't care if I never get her to canter, but a trot would be nice...I don't know how much I can work with her, now that school's starting again, but I'd still like to try my best for her. She's too smart to be left in a field forever.

    And please, please, please do not make this an argument about whether to longe or not. I just want tips, not an argument.

    Thank you!
    -Kura
         
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        08-21-2009, 03:23 PM
      #2
    Foal
    It might be useful to try trotting with her while holding a normal lead rope and going alongside her. If you do that enough and give the commands when you want her to start trotting, the concept of trotting shouldn't be too foreign to her when you try to trot with the lunge line.

    It is just a thought, I don't know if that would actually help her or hurt her. It might make it a little clearer in her mind what you want from her though.

    Also, when she responds to your command by moving more forward towards the trot at all, praise her.

    Hope that helps.
         
        08-21-2009, 04:52 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Colesonfire    
    It might be useful to try trotting with her while holding a normal lead rope and going alongside her. If you do that enough and give the commands when you want her to start trotting, the concept of trotting shouldn't be too foreign to her when you try to trot with the lunge line.

    It is just a thought, I don't know if that would actually help her or hurt her. It might make it a little clearer in her mind what you want from her though.

    Also, when she responds to your command by moving more forward towards the trot at all, praise her.

    Hope that helps.
    Thank you! That does help, actually, because I have trotted alongside her before and she will do it (especially for praise, she loves that). I'll try adding voice commands more when I do that and see if that'll work. It's as hot as Hades out, so I can't do that for very long for the simple reason that I'll pass out- I have a low heat tolerance, unfortunately...But if I time it right and take enough breaks, I think I can take your advice. I'll let you know if it works and thanks again. :)
         
        08-21-2009, 05:04 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Good luck. :)
         

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