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post #1 of 3 Old 09-22-2012, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Yearling and Lunging help!

I just got a yearling double registered APHA/AQHA colt. Before I got him he has been in a few shows in halter classes. Today I started to teach him how to lunge and he just didnt get it. I am very patient with him and didnt try to ask to much. He just didnt understand and just kept walking back into me. He also would just stand there and as I tried to walk around and make him go forward he would just turn on the forhand. He is a sweet boy and just seems confused as to what I am asking, but I tried everything I can think of. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
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Have the lunge attached and lead him around have the lunge whip in your inside hand, the line in your outside hand. keep the handle of the whip to his shoulder. Slowly move to the inside by a step keeping the horse away with the whip handle. Just a couple of feet to start. and then slowly increase the distance. When he is happy walking six or so feet away from you, still walking get him to go around you in a circle with you walking a large inner circle parallel to him. you can drop the whip behind him but keep him on a short line so you have control. Once he has the idea you can let him longer.

Lungeing a young horse is very strenuous on their joints so keep the sessions very short 10 minutes is ample, and keep the circles large.
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At one year old I would not lunge him at all. That is too much stress on young joints. He is a baby.

I would not hesitate to drive him in long lines in an arena as preparation for riding. I would only do this for 20-30 minutes at a shot and only about 3X a week. .
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