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    11-15-2012, 09:19 PM
Using the Lunge advice

My appaloosa and I have recently gone looking for outside help, I ride a a stable where there is a large number of 11ish year old girls and 1 complete idiot. There is no-one who can ride my horse so I can see what he is doing!
Magnum was dis'uniting and felt like he was dragging himself along with his shoulders. I sometimes felt like his hindquarters weren't even there!
I met a lovely woman who had similar issues with her horse a number of years ago. She suggested I lunge him, let him develop his own balance and when he 'loses it' bring him back, relax his trot and try again. He has never had much balance or rhythm and always feels stiff. I was close to giving up on dressage and making him a trail horse.
We started and he would dis-unite repeatedly, fall all over the place, run around with his head awkwardly in the air and I could see him 'wobbling' (leaning outside then inside) After three weeks of lunging and massaging his hindquarters, he rarely disunites on the lunge and his head is starting to come down. I got on him and went for a walk on the road yesterday and it was amazing, instead of ambling around on his shoulders, he felt like he was actually going somewhere, all of a sudden he had a drive from behind. I didn't even trot him, too scared I would ruin all the hard work we've put in. If anyone has any idea what im talking about, my descriptive skills have never been to crash hot, can anyone give any suggestions on what I should do next an the lunge and what I should look for to know when he is ready to work under saddle again?
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    11-15-2012, 09:54 PM
I answered your questions about work under saddle in the Dressage thread. As far as work on the lunge, I would be doing millions of trot-canter-trot transitions with him, to build up his back, hind leg strength and balance in both the canter, and the transitions.
There is not much better than trot-canter-trot transitions!!
    11-15-2012, 10:05 PM
Yes, thanks for that. You have been amazingly helpful.
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