How do I teach my mini to lunge?

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How do I teach my mini to lunge?

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    08-13-2010, 10:41 AM
How do I teach my mini to lunge?

Thanks for the warm welcomes on my "introducing myself and my minis" thread! I have pics of my cuties on that thread. Having trouble getting a picture on my avatar.

I really think my minis need exercise, plus, I would like to do things to "bond" with them...and also show them who is boss because I noticed that since all I do is spoil them, I kind of think they see me only as a food source/poop picker upper!!

I tried to lunge Bruno (my bigger pinto mini, who is supposedly somewhat trained to drive but I don't have a cart and know nothing about driving so I am not sure)but it was a disaster. I mean...I clipped the lunge line to his halter but he sees that as a sign to to stay next to me, like I am just walking him. I did not have a whip, but even if I did...I dunno, it just seems weird to me to "shoo him away".

Is there a less traumatic way to train a horse to lunge? I guess I mean less traumatic for *ME* more than for the mini, LOL.
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    08-13-2010, 10:45 AM
Sorry, I don't know mini's very well. But when I was training my Arab X gelding to free lunge, I turned him loose in an indoor arena, and picked up the lunge whip. He darted away at first but after a few minutes, I had him doing a nice little circle around me at the canter... With no line! So if he seems afraid of the whip, just let him work it out himself.

Sorry, I know that didn't really help, butt I think mini's are pretty much the same as the big guys... just in smaller form.
    08-13-2010, 11:03 AM
Thank you! If I had access to a lunge ring, I would try it! Probably would be easier in a lunge ring at first, makes sense. I think in this case, minis and big horses are the same, and what would work for one would work for the other!

Thanks again for the quick response!
    08-13-2010, 08:34 PM
Here is a link about training your mini to lunge.... hope it helps.... have you ever thought about showing them? It's a great way to bond with them and you meet a lot of great people
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    08-13-2010, 10:55 PM
Thank you aandb! That was a very informative helpful!

I don't really know of any shows for minis around here, but there must be some, huh? I may have to look into it. I would really like to do just a fun show. Not sure if Bruno is ""show quality" but Boo is registered and has nice conformation!
    08-14-2010, 04:02 PM
This is where I found my local club when I started out. It's at the AMHR website but most clubs have fun shows which are great to go to when you are just starting out Welcome To The World Of The Small Equine
We still go to our fun shows when we can, I love it because you can meet a lot of people around your area that have the same obsession lol.
You can take a unregistered horse to a fun show, your daughter might see other kids her age with their horses and want to start showing like them. That's what happened with my boyfriends kids, they weren't interested until they met kids from the local show now they are outside every time they are here trying to train the horses they are going to take.
BTW, I have a great bond with my stallion you see on my profile pic after I worked with him this year so training helps create that . Going to miss him when he goes back with his trainer next year
    08-14-2010, 04:35 PM
I looked at the site...the closest club is about 3 hours north of here (okeechobee), and the shows also about 3 hours away (sarasota.) Plus, I don't have a trailer or anything even if they were close. I did, however, hear that the local equestrian club has a fun show every once in awhile at the equestrian center which is walking distance from my house, so I need to look further into that. It has all types of classes, english, western, halter and even a few classes for minis. Like you said, it would be fun, just hanging in that horsey atmosphere and meeting people (most of them being from the local community, too), being a part of it all like I did when I was a kid. I miss that!

That stallion is HANDSOME!

I really wish my DD would get into horses...I think girls that are into horses stay away from boys for a little while (unless, of course, there is a cute boy with a horse...those are the one I always fell HARD for!)
    08-16-2010, 11:50 PM
When I started working with the Mini I lease for my 4H horse club project horse, I had the same kind of problem. I was nervous to send her away from me when she wasn't wanting to leave, because I was worried she would think I didn't want her with me and I was telling her get lost. Even after she got used to it, I always felt super bad sending her away from me whenever I lunged her because she was always bucking and seemed really mad. But reading the Heartland series by Lauren Brooke, helped me out sooo much!! In the books Amy does this thing called 'joining up' with horses that have mainly been in a big accident and are tramatized and are being boarded at her house, and she is supposed to cure. One of the first things she always does is take them to her round pen and start a session of joining up. When she tells the horse to go away, they are usually either really shocked or super mad. But after she forces them to run for a long time, they eventually start showing signs of trusting her. The main sign is that they start chewing, and when they do that they are saying that they are accepting her as their 'Alpha Horse' and that they trust her to keep her safe, and will do what she wants. After reading about it, I lunged Aurora (the mini I work with) and did kind of the same thing. I made her run until she started relaxing and I was pretty shocked when she did the chewing thing too. After that I was never feeling bad about lunging her and she seemed to respect me a lot more :) now I just need to work on lunging her out if a round pen, because she always gets excited and forgets she has a lead line on and goes nuts like she is loose in the field. The first time I lunged her out in the feild, she ran straight out from me because she didn't know she was on a lead line and thought she was loose. I was just happy that she wasn't a full sized horse, because it was pretty painful holding onto her ;p lol!!! **
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    08-17-2010, 07:15 AM
Awww, that is such a cute story! I appreciate you sharing your experiences. Nice to know that they CAN learn to love it and they can eventually diiferentiate between lunging and leading. I think sometimes I don't give my minis enough "credit." I don't realize just how smart and capable they really are.

Thanks! Oh, and I will look into getting those books, I have never heard of them.
    08-17-2010, 01:27 PM
No problem, I'm glad I could help :) I hope everything goes great with your minis!!!
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