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horse lover 114 12-28-2011 03:30 AM

Lunging help
My horse is VERY attached to me.. Meaning he follows me everywhere! He's so cute:) but when I need to lunge him every time I try to put him to the rail and I crack the whip he ALWAYS turns to face me and always walks towards me.. and it's like he doesn't care about the whip or anything! He just will never lung! Help!

tinyliny 12-28-2011 03:37 AM

YOu would not believe how many threads there on how to lunge a horse that will not go out to the rail, wont' stay there or keeps turning in to the lunger.
Your horse is reading your body language, which, believe it or not, is no doubt actually saying :face me, and maybe even "come to me". You may think that you are telling your horse to go out and circle around, but actually, your intention to have him do this is not strong or clear enough to MAKE him do it, when he decides that facing you and coming in toward you results in him not having to work. Which one do you think he'd rather do?

To lunge you have to be very clear, stick with what you are asking and not give up until you get it. I know, that sounds too simple. There are specific actions to do, and you might get some more help by doing a search to see what some of the other lunging threads have put out there. And, if you could post a video of how lunging works for you and your horse, we could then get specific on it.

Saranda 12-28-2011 03:38 AM

Has he been taught to do it step by step - retreat, turn his forequarters on the circle, then walk around you? If not, do you just crack the whip and expect him to understand? :) Also, it seems he has little respect for your commands.

tinyliny 12-28-2011 03:39 AM

horse lover 114 12-28-2011 03:50 AM

Well.. He is an English horse and was taught the very well how to lunge with no line ect.. He was taught the basics of lunging. But what I think tiny is right probably my body language signaled him to come to me and I didn't know it.

Kayty 12-28-2011 03:55 AM

How are you positioning yourself in relationship to his body?
When he comes in towards you, try walking towards his hind quarters and flicking the whip directly at his quarters, wave you arms, growl at him etc if you have to, just get his feet moving in the direction you want him to go.

horse lover 114 12-28-2011 03:58 AM

I do exactly that and when I do he keeps circling with his back hooves

Kayty 12-28-2011 04:05 AM

Then chase him out of your space. Flick the whip towards his barrel, make him move away. Even if you have to run at him like a half crazed screaming cat lady, as long as he starts moving those feet away from you. It's a respect issue, he doesn't respect your space, he doesn't respect you, therefore won't move out of your space. Nothing to do with 'loving' you or being attached to you.

Saranda 12-28-2011 04:05 AM

A video or a picture of you lunging your horse would help, but, as far as I can imagine, what's happening when you try to do that - have you tried putting the pressure of your body language at the horse's forequarters, and, when he's on the circle, right behind his back, if needed, by swinging the whip - but not with the intention to touch him with the whip, albeit the ground just behind his tail, as if you were saying "I want that ground you're standing on, MOVE!". If he doesn't move, your whip will land on his tail/hind legs, and he will learn quickly, what is to be done to avoid that. Also, don't turn against his hindquarters, when trying to send him on a circle, because with this movement you just swing his hind end off the circle, and his head against you - imagine as if you were swinging a gate open away from you.

And, as soon as he reacts to the amount of pressure you've used, take it off immediately and praise him. Start with the little details and go slowly, there is no need of making to lunge him like a pro in the first day.

horse lover 114 12-28-2011 04:12 AM

Okay thanks for help.. I'll try what you told me:)

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