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post #1 of 4 Old 07-14-2013, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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lounging problem

I just started working with my neighbors thurobred quarter horse and I'm trying to get her to lounge but everytime I try she bucks and kickd and gets all crazy.. and ideas on what I can do to get her to lounge ? All I'm useing is a halter and lounge line.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-14-2013, 08:35 PM
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It's lunge...:)...lounging would be lying down and being all comfy :). The getting crazy on the line could just be due to excess energy. If you have an enclosed area..round pen, small.paddock, indoor arena..try free lunging first to get out some of the energy. Then go back with the halter and lunge line. Work at the walk first..keep.it.low key and calm. Once you have that...GENTLY ask for a trot....again, keep it low key and calm. If the horse gets stupid about it, bring them back to the walk, get calm...etc. If the horse was never taught to lunge she may just not realize what her "job" on the lunge is supposed to be. Thoroughbreds tend to be energetic and the quarter horse part doesn't always temper that energy.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-02-2013, 10:47 PM
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All you need is a halter, a lunge line, and a lunge whip. Personally, I've never used a round pen and free lunged, so I don't know what that's really like!
I have a 16.3 HH, nine year old Thoroughbred mare. She's sassy, to say the least.
I'm really calm when I push her out into the circle and I quietly cluck to get her to trot. I keep the lunge whip in the hand that isn't holding the lunge line in case she invades my personal bubble. From time to time, she'll kick her heels towards me, and a simple flick on the ground gets her to stop her behavior (she hates lunge whips/the noises/everything about them, from what I can tell). Also, a whip held up while you're lunging could provide a visual for the horse about where their space starts/stops and where your personal space is as well.
Just remain as calm as you can and try to keep her slow and relaxed as well. Don't let her get under your skin and upset you.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-03-2013, 09:37 PM
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If you have a round pen I would start in the round pen off the line, and do lots of changing of direction. If you don't have a round pen, then still ask for lots of changes in direction, get the horse to be paying attention to you and thinking. Horses can only think about one thing at a time, so keep her attention on you. You need to gain her respect, and show her your the leader, if she is deciding which direction to go and the speed to go then your not in charge she is. Don't think of lunging as a way to get the bucks out and tire the horse, think of it as the way your going to gain her respect and show her you can control her feet, and look to you as the leader.
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