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  • Pony crowding me on lead
  • Haflinger kicks at me when lunging

 
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    01-25-2011, 02:01 AM
  #1
Foal
Wont lounge on a lead

I've ben working with a haflinger pony 3yrs old and a greenie! I get him out and lunge him every other day. I walk him out the door on a lead (kinda tight or he gets flighty) walk him to the middle and stand. Take his lead off, lunge him and make him come in and place the lead back on then attempt a lunge on a lead! This usually ends up as him turnin into me...crowding and stepping on my toes...which in return gets runs some more. I can't get him to stay out away from me. He turns into me on his front feet and won't turn on his back feet...he does know how he just won't on a lead. Just want to know how is a good way to improve this and/or change it. Another thing I've notice is walk him on a lead, getting looser if he behaves (don't push or crowd me) and when I give him about 14inches...he rears and attempts to run! He got me in the back today with a knee on the way up...her in return ran some more.

Sorry for the novel but open to try any and all suggestions and thanks for the advice!
     
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    01-25-2011, 02:50 AM
  #2
Yearling
You're trying to lunge him with an actual lead line, one that's only abou six feet long? I think that's your first problem. If that's true, I'll elaborate.
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    01-25-2011, 07:45 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Zeke    
You're trying to lunge him with an actual lead line, one that's only abou six feet long? I think that's your first problem. If that's true, I'll elaborate.
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No I have him on a 20 ft lunge rope I just can't give him any room to go or he bucks and kicks and stomps... I have a 9 yr old girl working along side me...or watching and its just making her afraid of her horse!
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    01-25-2011, 11:20 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by barebackkindagal    
I've ben working with a haflinger pony 3yrs old and a greenie! I get him out and lunge him every other day. I walk him out the door on a lead (kinda tight or he gets flighty) walk him to the middle and stand. Take his lead off, lunge him and make him come in and place the lead back on then attempt a lunge on a lead! This usually ends up as him turnin into me...crowding and stepping on my toes...which in return gets runs some more. I can't get him to stay out away from me. He turns into me on his front feet and won't turn on his back feet...he does know how he just won't on a lead. Just want to know how is a good way to improve this and/or change it. Another thing I've notice is walk him on a lead, getting looser if he behaves (don't push or crowd me) and when I give him about 14inches...he rears and attempts to run! He got me in the back today with a knee on the way up...her in return ran some more.

Sorry for the novel but open to try any and all suggestions and thanks for the advice!

Are you attempting this in an arena or round pen?
     
    01-26-2011, 05:25 AM
  #5
Super Moderator
It sounds like this baby doesn't know how to move off of pressure, has no concept of you and your space and so I would recommend for a bit, the only work you do with him on a line is just having him move forward, backward, step his shoulder over away from you , and yield his hind quarters away from you.
These are rock bottom basics. I like to work with a rope halter and a heavy cotton lead line of at least 14 feet in length, but even 12 feet will do.
And, teaching him to lead respectfully, I.e. Not overrun you, will be your next step.
If you free lunge him for exersize, then until her understands these basics, I would either not lunge him at all, or keep free lungingin the round pen as basically "play" or just you pushing him away and forward using your body.

REally, tho, I'd take some time and work on these very basic things.
Before trying to lunge him on a lungeline.
     

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