Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
The things you can do are only really limited by your imagination and maybe what’s lying around where your horse is. I use all Parelli methods of lateral lunging on all the horses I train. Once they can circle round me a couple of times in each direction nice and smooth I go off into a paddock and look for stuff to do. For example I’ll walk out with them and lunge them along beside me or in front of me, get them changing sides, so I don’t just lead them everywhere. I might find a small gully and jump them back and forth over that, then when they do that find a bigger gully; or get them running in and out of the gully. Then find fallen trees to jump over, or a dam wall to run up and down; so I might stand at the bottom of the dam and have them go up the wall and down again, make them go up and stop on top of it then come back the other way. Then I might get on top of the wall and lunge them up and over the other side, or even get them to walk though the water. Side pass along the top o the dam wall. There are all sorts of things you can do. And doing it all, at the start at least, all I use is a rope halter and a 12 foot yacht rope lead with a leather popper on it, neither are the Parelli brand, I make them myself.
Once they do all that in their sleep I start upping the challenge, years ago before I had to put horses aside for university the best lunging horses I had I’d go run in the milker calves or the night with. I’d sit on one horse and work the cattle with the other on a 40 odd foot long lead rope. That was great fun. Never did get them doing it at liberty though. Get them working like that and they will start being good horses.