Originally Posted by Spyder
I agree and if it is thought that having a line attached to the halter and just letting the horse run around you in circles thinking that is "lunging" then many are under the wrong impression as to what lunging really is.
I totally agree. Actually, one of my biggest pet peeves is when a person teaches a horse to run like a freak on the lunge line. The way I teach lunging is to show the horse that running and bucking isn't the only way to get out their energy. I much prefer using lunging as a form of work. Lots and lots of transitions, more than one change in direction. Learning big and smaller circles. I hate it when people teach their horse that its ok to pull really hard. I don't use a chain on any horse and for most I don't even need a whip.
One of the big reasons I don't want horses to think the lunge line is for bucking is because if you ever have a lunge line lesson on her (whether a little kid or an adult doing like no hands or something), I don't want the horse to take off.
I find it helps to teach lunging in a roundpen first. They get used to the pressure and I can change the size of the circle but if they get stupid there's no where for them to go. That's at least how I deal with most of the abuse cases or rescues.