I lunged Chloe (on a lunge line) for the first time Sunday. We have done plenty of round pen work before but nothing ever outside the pen on a line. It went very well. Interesting, too. She tries at least. She can have SUCH an attitude. She is the biggest show off of a horse I've ever witnessed. It will be good in the dressage arena at least. A mare was turned out near us and took off cantering. Chloe would not have any of it and HAD to out priss her. I have burns on my hands from her prancing around me. (She is a race horse, she prances quiiiite quickly.) I think Chloe is just a very proud girl and if she acted any differently it'd be due to a broken spirit. I want respect, but I don't ever want her to have a broken spirit. I won't tolerate any more rope burns, however!
And Cruiser is doing fine. His abscess that he had a bit back made part of his hoof chip. He had little pain over it but still got time off and bute. He didn't seem bothered a bit. I seemed more upset then he, but I think that's how it always goes. The only way I could tell Cruiser was off was when I was riding and really asking him to use his back end. The abscess is on his hind left and when he was asked to engage, he was a little sore. Nothing severe, just a superficial abscess. I hadn't ridden Cruiser in a little while due to being so busy with Chloe! Chloe is certainly jealous of me riding Cruiser and spied on us through the cracks of the barn the entire time I spent brushing and tacking Cruiser up. She trotted along the fence line when we headed towards the arena. She's a hand full and doesn't even know it. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Oh! I have also been using running reins while free lunging to help with Chloe accepting contact with the bit. I must say, they have made a HUGE difference. I made them myself and highly recommend them for many reasons to just about anyone.