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post #1 of 6 Old 11-18-2010, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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So I lunged my horse in a different part Yesterday.

It didn't go too well, she was doing fine walking, but when I made her trot she flipped out and went into a gallop and wouldn't stop. It was like she thought I was gonna whip her hard or something. I don't touch her with the whip unless she doesn't do what I say and I will tap her on the hocks, but not hard. I told her to trot, and easy, but she wouldn't listen, she was going as fast as she could around and around, so when she was tired and wanted to quit her little running around I made her go a few more laps of gallop since she wouldn't listen to me in the first place, but not many more laps cause I didn't want to hurt her cause she doesn't normally gallop as fast as she was going. Did I handle that right by making her go a few more laps? That was my first time to lunge her in a new spot, I'm sorta new to the whole lunging thing as well cause my mom usually did it, but then I recently decided to do it myself. Don't be afraid to tell me if I did everything absolutely the wrong way. I'm still trying to learn here. Do you think it Was just cause she was in a new place than normal? Cause she never did that with me at the normal place I lunge her at. I'm gonna try it again today or tomorrow, and see how she reacts this time.
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-18-2010, 12:25 PM
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NEVER touch the horse with the whip when lungeing, even lightly on the hocks. If she doesn't listen whip the ground flick the whip several feet behind her.
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Alright that's what I figured, Thanks.
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I think you handled it fine. Ive had that happen with a few horses, even when working them in the same place. They just feel the need to run like crazy, so i let them get it out of their system, then make them do what i ask. If they are tired...oh well. I didnt ask them to run around like a goofball!
My 3yo mare just did something like that the other day. I had my trailer parked in the riding ring on the end where we usually had been lunging her, so i figured no big deal, i work her on the opposite end. She has to get used to both ends anyway. She was good the first direction, but the second direction she kept wanting to stop and back up and do all sorts of unneccessary tasks. I eventually had to lead her in a circle and slowly let the line out until she went around a few times nicely.
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-18-2010, 02:46 PM
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One question. How big a circle are you lunging on? If you are close enough to tap her, I'm assuming it's a pretty tight circle. Sometimes that can make them go faster because they are out of balance. If that's the case, working with a longer line might help. Other than that, it sounds like it could be the new area, but it sounds like you handled it alright.

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You might also be right about the tight circle, I'll loosen up next time as well and see what happens.
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