Hi I was wondering if you lower the lunge whip once your horse has reached the desired speed? That is the way i lunge and my horse is trained to increase speed if i dont lower the whip. I just watched a lungeing video and the person lungeing the horse did not lower the whip. Now I am confused.:?
I think it depends on who is training. After the horse is moving, I only raise the whip when I'm asking for a change. I keep the whip on the ground otherwise, so as not to pressure the horse.
I do know that a lot of people keep the whip up, to keep driving the horse forward.
I keep the whip down as long as he is moving forward the way I want him to, and raise it if I want him to change gaits, etc.
I don't raise the whip at all unless the horse hasn't heeded other signals & yes, if I need to signal with it, it is lowered the second the horse does as asked.
I do think it depends how they're taught - eg. some teach their horse that a raised whip means continue & lowering it is a signal to stop. But then many just don't understand how to train/reinforce a horse at all, so they continue keeping the 'pressure' on when the horse is doing as they desire, so the horse becomes desensitised to their signals & they have to get 'bigger' to get the same responses. Like waving a whip constantly as the horse is going around, like 'bumping' the horse with heels constantly when riding, etc.
I raise my whip up only to get the horse to the desired distance and speed as soon as that it accomplished I immediately put it down. I only raise it up again if I need to correct behavior, change directions or speed, then I immediately release pressure.
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Different methods of lunging, none wrong.
My horses are trained to change up a gait when the whip is raised, and drop down a gait when it is lowered. When they are at the desired gait and speed, the whip remains in a 'neutral' position where it can still influence a lazy hind lind if required.
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