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post #1 of 12 Old 11-10-2009, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, im new to this site and just woundering if anyone could help? I have a youngster just starting training, no backing yet just the lunge but finding it realy hard to make him consentrate? And focus. Im also finding it hard for him to stay on a circle? I know it takes time and I should not rush things but its quite frustrating and I don't want to sound like a complete novice because im not LOL just looking for some advice thanks!

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post #2 of 12 Old 11-10-2009, 06:03 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

I would just try and keep your guy entertained, make your time with him fun, and keep the sessions short, always ending on a good note.

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post #3 of 12 Old 11-10-2009, 06:07 PM
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How young is this youngster? What have you been doing with him besides lunging(I am guessing you are lunging him)? Young horses are like young people. When they are little, their attention spans are little and grow as they get older.
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post #4 of 12 Old 11-10-2009, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Nearly 18 months old now, I havnt realy "started" I just tryed a few times to see what he was like as a guy a know keeps telling me to start, he's already used to everthing I can think of like traffic, plastic bags, bangs so not much I can do there, his mannors are fine in and out of the stable ect ect, the yard I am at does not have an ideal arena its more of a grass padock which he just thinks he can eat in which is more distracting for him aswell, I just feel quite stuck and don't realy want to have to send him to anyone

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post #5 of 12 Old 11-10-2009, 06:46 PM
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Just keep him moveing and be consistent in your cues. If it looks like your losing his focus get him to do something else, turn, go faster,slower, ect.
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-10-2009, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, iv tryed to get him to focus but he either walks towards me or just trys to eat and I no I have to be firm with him but maby its me who is in the wrong and not him

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post #7 of 12 Old 11-10-2009, 07:16 PM
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You might consider doing the Parelli 7 Games with him. That's a great way to get your foundation for him on the right track.
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-10-2009, 09:23 PM
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If he stops to eat I would toss the lunge rope at his rump to get him going. If he comes to me I would push him off again and work at getting him moveing off his butt (again tossing the lunge line at it to encourage foreward movement away from you). Does he know that he's supposed to move away from you? If not work on that - suggest where you want him to go while swinging the end of the lunge line by his butt.
He's young and still learning what you want and what these new cues you're giving him mean. You do have to be assertive and firm
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post #9 of 12 Old 11-11-2009, 11:27 AM
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18 months old is (in my opinion) too young to lunge anyway. Lunging is not easy on a horses body and at 18 months he's still a growing boy. If you are going to lunge him anyway, I would put boots on his legs keep the sessions short but the circle big and avoid canter.
99% of lunge line (and riding) problems are caused by a lack of forward intent. Make sure that when you lunge you do it on a big circle and focus your energy on his HIP. Face your body towards his hip and keep driving it forward, if you sense him thinking about stopping or turning drive him more forward before he can do it. If you can't keep up, get someone else to hold the whip and/or lunge line but make sure that you BOTH have your bodies angled towards his back end all of the time. Do little or no walking on the lunge line and if your horse canters when you want him to trot, do NOT yank or pull or shout at him. Just use your voice to ask him to trot and wait until he does. He will stop eventually.

When you want to teach a horse to do something, you cannot explain it. You have to literally trick their bodies into doing what you want and then praise them for it. Try to remember that and give him nowhere to go but where you want him to.
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post #10 of 12 Old 11-12-2009, 10:59 AM
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Just remember that a horse needs a leader, and you need to be that leader. If you arent leading he isnt going to respond to you. Make sure that whatever you do you stay consistent and don't let him get away with anything. As frustrating as it is, just keep going and he will eventually learn. Like someone said, keep it short and end on a good note. If you are able, look on ebay and get some videos on training. I use Clinton Anderson and I also follow a little Pat Parrelli. Good luck
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