when to start teaching Stormy to lunge?

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        01-12-2012, 02:16 AM
    Green Broke
    when to start teaching Stormy to lunge?

    Stormy is coming up on 2 yrs this coming spring(not sure when her birthday is exactly). We have been doing ground work with her but not extensively. She behaves well for the most part. We need to work on catching her as sometimes she is a bit of a brat but gives in...anyways,what we have mainly been doing is working on standing for the farrier,picking up hooves,blanketing,going on walks,backing up,leading,trotting next to me on lead,stopping(kinda has a hard time on this but we will defiently be working on that a lot more in the spring. I was wondering if later on in early summer if I can start to teach her how to lunge on the line. Is it still too early? I ask this as I know the arabs mature slower and I want to make sure I don't break her down at a young age.
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        01-12-2012, 05:18 AM
    Green Broke
    You should be OK to start anytime. Just keep it simple and short. Don't lunge in a small circle. A bigger circle has less stress on their joints. Work on getting her to just understand what you want her to do or in other words, learning the concept of it.
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        01-12-2012, 02:22 PM
    Green Broke
    Okay,so shouldn't hurt her joints? Should I do the line or free lunge her? We have a large roundpen but then again she wouldn't know how to keep the tempo of staying into a trot. We have done it here and there but nothing serious..mostly letting her just run in the round pen letting her get use to the whip.
        01-12-2012, 02:50 PM
    Have some fun with her and have a few treats on hand. When you put her in the round pen, remove her halter and walk away from her to the middle. This will teach you how to hone your body language and it's by how she responds. Let's see - if I stretch up tall and walk quickly toward her how does she react. If I slouch down a bit and extend my hand to say hello, does she come the last inch to touch my hand? Just work on two or three until it's firm in your head. If you take a few steps back?, etc. And smile at her and feel happy.
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