07-17-2010, 02:19 AM
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The biggest challenge when lunging is being correct yourself. Most people aren't really aware of what their body is doing, and often it's not what they think it's doing.
I teach people to put the horse into thirds... the front third will move the front end, the middle third controls the ribs and amount of bend, and the last third controls the hindquarter. "Home position" is with your belly button at the middle section (where the girth would sit) and When they want the horse to move forward they "center" (belly button) themselves in the hind third ("Moving position") and apply pressure when the horse moves move back to "home". If they want the horse to slow down or stop they center themselves in the front third ("Blocking section").
If the horse starts to fall in in the circle they need to decide which section of the horse needs to move... and center and apply pressure there... etc.
It's a much easier concept to learn if someone is there and able to work with you.
Once you get the horse going forward comfortably, you want to start getting it to lower it's head and round out through the back - really working from behind. This is how you'll need to be working if you want to build the right muscles.