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        02-09-2012, 10:34 PM
      #121
    Green Broke
    Getting him to work well on the lunge will be a giant step forward. I hope you have some positive experiences w/him coming your way soon.
         
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        02-09-2012, 10:36 PM
      #122
    Showing
    I know how to lunge on a line. I taught my old gelding how to both free lunge and lunge on a line within a week or two. I tried with Aires, but he absolutely refused to believe that if he is attached to me by a line, he doesn't have to be right at my shoulder. I kind of gave up on teaching him to lunge on a line, mainly because he free lunges so beautifully that I figured we'd work on lunging on a line later.
         
        02-09-2012, 11:23 PM
      #123
    Green Broke
    I think free lunging is harder than on a line, but each horse is different. Hope your next time w/him is better.
         
        02-09-2012, 11:25 PM
      #124
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    I know how to lunge on a line.
    Oh didn't know that, my bad.

    You'll figure it out either way :)
         
        02-09-2012, 11:30 PM
      #125
    Showing
    Sorry, Sky! Didn't mean that as b*tchy as it sounded!!! Sorry very much!

    I guess because I learned how to free lunge first, that is easier for me to teach a new horse. I only started lunging my old gelding on a line after we moved to a different barn that didn't have a round pen (it did, but it was full of trash and junk), so we had to lunge on a line in the arena because there was no way he could be ridden without being lunged first.
         
        02-09-2012, 11:58 PM
      #126
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    Sorry, Sky! Didn't mean that as b*tchy as it sounded!!! Sorry very much!

    I guess because I learned how to free lunge first, that is easier for me to teach a new horse. I only started lunging my old gelding on a line after we moved to a different barn that didn't have a round pen (it did, but it was full of trash and junk), so we had to lunge on a line in the arena because there was no way he could be ridden without being lunged first.
    Hahaha it's fine! I'm used to it ;) hehe kidding of course

    I had the reverse problem.. he would try to cuddle free lunging and would run away on the lunge line and forget running with him on the leadrope. We fixed that though.. had to get reaaaally creative haha
         
        02-10-2012, 12:07 AM
      #127
    Showing
    I'm going to go out and buy a lunge whip tomorrow after work. No one at the barn has one (the boarder's "whip" that we used on Sunday was actually a carrot stick with a full leather thong on it, instead of the cotton rope with the popper). The trainer has a carrot stick, but I can't crack a carrot stick like I can a lunge whip. I also prefer the flexibility of the lunge whip over the carrot stick. I always had a lunge whip when lunging my old gelding and I think it'll help with Aires. It certainly made him realize I meant business during our "Come to Jesus" meeting in the round pen on Sunday.
         
        02-10-2012, 12:36 AM
      #128
    Yearling
    Drafty, didn't read all the posts here but I had the same problem with my young one, couldn't get him far enough away from me to lunge. (No skill with free lunging...) I had to take him to the trainer anyway, so I just let him deal with it and he did. But my nugget of info here is that the trick seems to be to tap on the shoulder, instead of the belly/hip which I had been doing when I need him to move out away from me.

    I can use the lunge whip on the ground near his front feet, if he's working out away from me (but I want him to go out farther) or I use a tap-tap on his shoulder when he's in close. For close work, of course, a lunge whip is too long for the pocket pony and I use a dressage whip or my carrot stick or the end of the rope. This wouldn't win any horse show awards for form, but it works great for me.

    Good luck with this!
         
        02-11-2012, 01:25 AM
      #129
    Showing
    Got a lunge whip today. I wanted the 7-foot red one, but I settled for the 5-foot sky blue one because it was cheaper and the longer one felt a bit *too* whippy (my friend that taught me how to lunge had a 7-foot whip, but hers was a bit stiffer than the ones that I found). I also broke down and bought the material to make a new saddle pad. Got the red and black lumberjack plaid for the top and black quilted for the underside. I also picked up my saddle from my truck. Wondering if part of the problem with mounting and riding on Sunday was the saddle (size/weight distribution/weight of the saddle/etc).
         
        02-11-2012, 02:14 PM
      #130
    Showing
    Wooo! Can't wait to see that pad when it's done :)
         

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