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post #21 of 26 Old 08-31-2013, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Since I'm not the OP I can't answer on their reasoning but I also don't like or allow my horses to turn in when I'm lunging them. My reason is that I hook the lunge line up by clipping it to the bit on the outside, up over the poll and through the bit on the inside. If they turn in and flip directions then my lunge line is on the wrong side and it's more difficult to control the horse. Plus I'm always worried they'll step too far in and get tangled in the line. I certainly don't want a line wrapped around their legs and attached to their head. I like to make them wait for me while I gather the line up, switch sides and then send them off the other direction. For me, it's a safety thing.

Good job OP for establishing respect and enforcing the rules. It sounds like you're doing exactly the right things. Keep up the good work!!
Thanks Tigo --- wouldn't be this far without help from members like yourself, smrobs, and others that have given me great advice


I appreciate all the great advice from the members here. Good community -- I think I will stick around a bit :p
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post #22 of 26 Old 08-31-2013, 03:34 PM
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Thanks for your really nice post jmike
We mostly try to give ideas, advice and opinions based on our own experiences - many of which have been learnt the hard way!!!
The thing you soon realize with horses is that you never stop learning and every horse comes with a new set of challenges
You will often get answers that sound a bit harsh or blunt but hopefully always have your best interests at heart.
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post #23 of 26 Old 08-31-2013, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your really nice post jmike
We mostly try to give ideas, advice and opinions based on our own experiences - many of which have been learnt the hard way!!!
The thing you soon realize with horses is that you never stop learning and every horse comes with a new set of challenges
You will often get answers that sound a bit harsh or blunt but hopefully always have your best interests at heart.
took me a little bit to get used to it -- but after watching more horse training videos --- just seems to me that they talk to people the same way they train horses --- they make their points simple, straightforward, and clear.... I can get used to that :p
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post #24 of 26 Old 08-31-2013, 08:22 PM
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I never let kids walk around in my pasture without an adult. I have seen little kids injured that way.

It sounds like you are on the right track. About using the whip, don't just scare her; sting her. You don't want to injure her, but unfortunately it sometimes requires actually popping them to get your point across. You won't have to do it often though you probably should still carry the whip around with you.

One nice thing about horses is that they are quick to forgive you if you correct their bad behavior. They do not feel secure in life if they don't know where they belong in the social dominance hierarchy.
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post #25 of 26 Old 09-01-2013, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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was proud of the wife -- she was scared of whiskey but went ahead and walked her on a lead line for about an hour last night and had very few issues

Also had my daughter walking dixie last night for about 20 minutes
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post #26 of 26 Old 09-01-2013, 11:49 AM
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Gotcha on the turning in thing. It's what I figured, but just wanted to clarify. Turning towards the person- but staying out on the circle - is good.. Walking in to the person or making the circle smaller, not so much.
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