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Showjumper1 01-10-2012 09:44 AM

Lungeing with two lines?
I always lunge my horses with one lunge line, or if I am doing grouund driving, I stay behind the horse with the driving reins, but Ive seen people lungeing with another line going from the horses outside bit ring, across the back of the butt and the line is held by the lunger as well as the regular lunge line. I was just wondering with the purpose of that other line is?
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draftgrl 01-10-2012 09:50 AM

I have wondered this as well, would like to know also :)

mls 01-10-2012 10:36 AM

If done correctly, it's awesome to teach collection without rider interference.


Marecare 01-10-2012 10:38 AM

There are a couple of advantages to this style of driving.

Disclaimer:This is just one way to do it and not the only way.

The horse gets use to lines around their rear end and the off line is use to communicate with the horse.

You do not have to stand behind the horse and most work is done at the side.

You can turn the horse to the outside.

You do not always have to move at the same rate as the horse because you are on the inside of the turn.

mls 01-10-2012 10:43 AM

Very dangerous marecare. The outside line should be secured along the barrel of the horse so the horse does not get caught up in it.

Showjumper1 01-10-2012 11:07 AM

Thanks guys
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Marecare 01-10-2012 11:21 AM


Originally Posted by mls (Post 1301780)
Very dangerous marecare. The outside line should be secured along the barrel of the horse so the horse does not get caught up in it.

I very strongly disagree and have taught horses to drive this way for over 40 years.

I have never had one problem in all those years .

Not once.

draftgrl 01-10-2012 11:36 AM

Marecare: I like that alot! Am goin to Fleet to get myself some good long rope to do that with. Unless you have a better place to get those?

Mls: I'm sure doing it that way helps with teaching to move the hip, getting used to rope around the back legs, and not to freak if something does happen. Besides, it's not like you can't let go of the rope if something bad does happen. :)

TotosMom 01-10-2012 12:02 PM

For beginner safety precautions, the line should be secured IMO

Marecare 01-10-2012 12:27 PM

You can start with a single line like this to get the horse use to having lines around them and use to following the rope.

Later you add the second line.

Again this is just one way and I have done many other ways also.

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