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post #1 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Update on lunging.

Walk/trot was fantastic today, AND I got her to run. Well.. only in one direction so far, but it was the first time I ever got her to lope on the lunge line. She through a couple fits, so I made her work herself until she decided it was easier to listen. We ended with a couple treats and a nice cold bath- after which of course she decided to roll in the mud. Any tips on making it easier to lope? I used every inch of my lunge line length, so my circle was plenty big enough.
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post #2 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 06:35 PM
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You just need to get her going. Let her throw the fits, she will settle down. Lopeing a circle is hard on a horse that is not use to it. Get her to canter and keep going till she gets her mind in the game then allow her to trot then canter again in a bit. Just everyday work will take away the problems. Most of them.
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post #3 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 06:53 PM
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Just persistance :) I'm dealing with the same thing. This mare will walk and trot like a dreamboat but canter is a whole different animal.
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post #5 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Exactly! You'd think I was dealing with a toddler. I've checked for any signs of pain, and she's completely sound.
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What does she do when you ask for canter?

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post #7 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Well, one of three things. She ignores it, she shys back and tries pulling, or she tries to turn. Now I've tried to prevent the turning by taping her shoulder with the tip of my lunge whip, but that doesn't seem to do much. She doesn't do that much. She mostly just ignores it..
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She doesn't speed up her trot?

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post #9 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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She will speed up her trot.
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post #10 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 07:59 PM
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Do you let up then or do you continue to ask her to canter?

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