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post #1 of 15 Old 08-10-2010, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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When can I train to lunge?

Rumour was just weaned this weekend. I am now going to start training her to lead(i have been leading her since she was a few weeks old, but I mean I can focus on just that right now, without Sonya), and to stand for grooming, as well as loading onto the trailer. She is almost 3 1/2 months old.

I also want to train her to lunge. I trained Sonya when she was 3, but I don't know when is the right time to start with Rumour. I won't be doing anything hard, just walk, trot, canter.
Would it be ok to start in a couple weeks? I don't want to do anything to strenous right now, because she is stressed about being moved away from momma.

Thank you for any input.

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post #2 of 15 Old 08-10-2010, 04:13 PM
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First off three and half months is a bit early to wean IMO but it's done now so that can't be reversed and I wouldn't start lunging a horse until it was at least 2 years old.

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Ask your vet about lunging. He will tell you not to until their knees are strong enough. But you can do anything and everything on the ground now except lunging. I would wait. See what your vet says.
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-10-2010, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thank you.

Savvylover112- it was best for the mare. My mare was losing weight because Rumour was taking it all off her. In my opinion, it is ok. Rumour can eat grass, grain, and hay by herself, as well as drink water.

Anyway, I didnt start this thread to ask when I should wean, I asked when I could start lunging her. And I got my answer. I will ask the vet.

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post #5 of 15 Old 08-10-2010, 04:42 PM
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Oh I wasn't trying to say you did wrong sorry if it came off that way didn't mean it, just meant in general it's a bit young for a foal to be taken away from mammy but whatever the situation is and you seem to have done right by your situation.
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I know you didnt ask about weaning. I hear you. I needed to wean my filly too but didnt because I had no way to seperate them. Like you, my mare ended up loosing alot of weight. Oh well, have fun with your baby.
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ok. Sorry of I came off rude. It was just best for Sonya, and Rumour has other fillies to be with, that were weaned at the same time.

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post #8 of 15 Old 08-10-2010, 06:32 PM
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I would just start the basics as far as walking a circle around you and then go from there as she gets older. Its really good to go ahead and start all the training now that you can it makes starting them a lot easyer on you and the horse. Sounds like you have a good idea of what to do.
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We always wean at three months- makes babies more independent and acording to "Blessed are the Broadmares" (a prominent book on breeding and foaling) foals are better off nutritionally if weaned early.

We actually do some (not much) longing of the mare BEFORE we wean so baby already has a good idea. Sow the seeds for longing now- can you lead your youngen not only from near her head, but from near the shoulder? How bout from both sides? Can you pivot on fore and hindquarters?

As soon as your horse understands basics, I would send her out on a walk circle- you walking too. As long as it isn't a battle there is no harm at all in some big easy circles walk and trot. If your idea of longing is thirty plus minutes all three gaits on a twenty meter or smaller circle should not be longing babies. But if you just sent her out for a few big slow circles there is no harm in starting now. If she is ripping you off your feet go back to whatever part is broken and fill in the missing ingrediants.
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I agree with others - ask your vet. I've started round penning as a yearling but only at a walk, working on whoa and changing directions. As that solidifies, start light trotting but only short amounts of time with many changes of direction. Circles, especially small circles, are the hardest to do for horses. Personally, I'd wait til she were at least a year to start any sort of lunge work, and even then, keep it light. That being said, Danee's suggestion of sending her out and walking with her sounds reasonable - prepares her for next spring learning to lunge but isn't hard on her open joints.

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