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post #1 of 14 Old 12-14-2011, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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mussy and I lunging for first time


So he did a bit of a buck/kick out at the end. I know all the things I'm doing wrong and yes, i need a bigger circle. I will improve, just give me a chance. The reason he kicked out was coz my wrist exerted more power into flicking the whip for some reason (i dont know why) and it made a cracking sound which made him get grumpy. but he did so good. Just wanted to show the video :)

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post #2 of 14 Old 12-14-2011, 05:21 AM
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Firstly, well done on your first time lunging with him! It's always a bit nerve wracking doing something new with a horse and you were calm and patient with him.

In the video, on the right rein your right side and shoulder is turned into him which means your body language is blocking him. Open your shoulder and turn your left side into him so your shoulder has a line to his back end. Your left side should be encouraging him round, your right side leading him forward. Obviously on the opposite rein this changes.

There's a good article on lunging here:
Lorien Stable - The How and Why of Basic Lunging

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Thankyou for that. I love help and advice, I just know how itsy people on here get sometimes. But I love friendly helpful advice will take a look at that tomorrow morning

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I agree with the advice given above me. You do have your shoulder closed (but I can tell that is because you are somewhat nervous....I would be too with a new horse).


Looks like what my mare tries to pull on the lunge if I haven't been out in a few days (except she is sort of worse). She'll take off bolting and crow hopping etc. What I do then is get in front of her, stop her, and then send her out quickly again. If she does it again, we keep stopping/going until it ends. When she turns in towards you, I see a couple times where you take a step back. Do not back up or take any steps backwards! You must be lead mare (as I'm sure you know) and backing up is NOT what lead mares do. If she turns towards you point the hand with the line in it the direction you want to go. If she doesn't go out, click to her and flick your whip. If she still doesn't go out well then fine, she had her chance to do it nicely and I would give her a slight tap with the whip. If she throws a fit when you do that, stop her, and send her back out. In my eyes, it is not acceptable to misbehave on the lunge line. The lunge line is an extension of your arm/body so if they think they can get away with it on the lunge why not try stupid stuff while riding? My trainer/coach tells me to pretend there is an invisible forcefield around me when she gets strong and fresh like that. I don't know how your mare is but my mare is easy to scare and boss around so it works with her. When I go to the right with her, she usually won't go out and she will start backing to avoid going out. So I make the back unpleasant by COMING AT HER WITH A PURPOSE....that purpose being "I'm boss, you're not listening, BACK UP....NOW." You should see how quickly she backs LOL.

Just a few suggestions, that's all :) I think you handled things very well for the first time.
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Thankyou so much for your input, that is quite interesting to read. Will defiently try that tomorrow. :) My boy does test the boundaries as he is only 6 so I always have to be ready. But he does try very hard and I'm trying hard to do it all right.

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Thankyou so much for your input, that is quite interesting to read. Will defiently try that tomorrow. :) My boy does test the boundaries as he is only 6 so I always have to be ready. But he does try very hard and I'm trying hard to do it all right.
I apologize for my mistaking him as a MARE. LOL. My comment still stands though. My mare tests boundaries....she is only 5. Let me know how it works out!!!!


Also, I just watched again. He actually looks like he was trying to listen to you but he was getting mixed messages. When he came in to you, you were actually in front of him with your shoulder and body, which is what he is supposed to do. If he does it randomly while everything is going good well that's the time to get after him about it lol. Also, after you sent him back out you did a good job of keeping him going but at some point you took a step back. He caught that because his attitude changed and he got you to take 2 or three more steps back (he probably thought, YAY I'm winning). Also, when you cracked the whip harder at the end and he bucked out, your shoulder was turned in again so you said "GO!" with the whip and "STOP!" with your body. It's okay though, I was like this at first with my mare. She hated me for it lol. We are finally starting to understand each other more. It just takes time (I've had her only since October).
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Im trying to understand it though im giving up lunging for quite a long time now since what happened today.

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Well done for your first attempt at lunging - it is definitely not as easy as some make it out to be as I'm sure you've discovered!

A little safety concern in addition to the above training tips - please please please PLEASE don't let the lunge rein touch the ground or loop in front of the horse to nearly touch the ground. It is very nasty when a horse steps through the lunge rein and gets hooked up in it. If you ever take your EA riders test or want to be an intro coach, one of the first things in lunging that they look at, is your control of the rein itself. I have friends who have failed, because the rein touched the ground just for a second.

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It also helps to find a spot on the ground to stand, and root yourself to it like you're some sort of tree. If he tries to pull you out of the circle, exert pressure until he complies and comes in closer, and not the other way around. Having to walk in circles can make you dizzy, and does not help him very much.

Great job for your first time though! Just listen to everyone else's tips and you two will be doing great in no time.

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Im trying to understand it though im giving up lunging for quite a long time now since what happened today.
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