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post #11 of 18 Old 05-29-2010, 01:28 AM
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I hear you :) I wasn't sure if that was the issue but I just thought I'd point it out. I didn't pick up on some issues with my own horse right away until someone pointed out some key things to look for.

Head bobbing at the trot can be a big lameness or pain sign and if she does it all the time it might be worth looking into. It's not the difference between "collecting" or "head setting" and not. Maybe there is something else going on that the previous owner was hiding behind "lunging issues" with. I hope not, please don't mind me or be upset if I'm wrong I could just be projecting my own present experience.

She is so pretty though! I really like her markings, dark surrounding the white!

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post #12 of 18 Old 05-29-2010, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Alrighty I will look into it then, Despite what people seem to believe I would never do anything to put my horse in harms way intentionally. (: I appreciate you're advice and concern. Seems not all "horse people" feel the need for harshness.

Also, your boy is quite the looker himself and I wish you guys the best!
So thank you =]
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post #13 of 18 Old 05-29-2010, 02:01 AM
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Aww thank you! I absolutely would never ever ever assume you would hurt your baby, it's so obvious you love her and are spending the time to do ground work and training and I think that's great!

I worry about that too, I really do! Not from me though I'm just a trying to be helpful busy body XD <3

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post #14 of 18 Old 05-29-2010, 09:39 AM
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Nice horse you got there!
Wow, I wan't one too :P

But, the horse looks a bit afraid of the stick,
and I don't think its really 'natural' in my eyes,
Natural is more... Well, horse free and working with you without any rope or stuff ;)

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post #15 of 18 Old 06-01-2010, 03:35 PM
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Visibre I love your name picture or whatever it's called! Just had to comment on that.

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post #16 of 18 Old 06-01-2010, 07:19 PM
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You are doing great-it takes so much time to coordinate the line, stick and all that. I would suggest that at some point you rest the end of the stick and take the pressure off her. Right now, with the end of the stick up, the pressure is constantly on. I do see that she tends to stop on you, and know how that can be. I have founf it easier, in the beginning, to use the 4' end of the rope as you would the stick, it gives you less to wworry about. I hope your trainer is familiar with this and can help show you. Makes it much easier for coordination, I think, and easier to turn them or stop them with both eyes on you. I just point with the line loosely in the hand in the direction I want them to go, and twirl the other end until they go. Works really well for me, especially oncce they have the idea, as your horse does. Good job tho-keep the great effort!
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post #17 of 18 Old 06-03-2010, 05:40 PM
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I have founf it easier, in the beginning, to use the 4' end of the rope as you would the stick, it gives you less to wworry about.
I have a picture of this... the end result at least:
(we're obviously not on a lunge line here)

I've had the 'pull in the line' issue too when I first started using the lunge line. It is easier for some people to learn to use the end of the rope before using a stick. X]

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post #18 of 18 Old 06-03-2010, 11:45 PM
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Oh she is just so pretty!!!!! And it looks like you have a great roundpen to work with; enjoy all that space!!!
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