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post #71 of 74 Old 05-03-2016, 02:08 PM
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No it isn't.
Maybe a bit of a generalization, and also talking of beyond the initial training under saddle stage, BUT, have you been to stock horse shows, where there are both what is considered all around pleasure type horses, that complete in HUS, equitation,both western and English, western pleasure and trail, plus working horses , showing in reining, working cowhorse, and other cattle events?
You will see those all around rail/equitation horses being lunged early in the morning, before that show starts, but you won't see a reiner or a working cowhorse being lunged
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Look, I never said one should never lunge a horse, that it does not in fact, have a very good purpose at times
It is also a fact that groundwork occurs for the entire life of that horse, just by the way he is handled on the ground
However, i use formal ground work, mainly in getting a horse ready to be ridden under saddle, and many people do this. One can also go back to lunging, esp when a horse is first getting used tot he show environment
I already agreed that it is useful for seeing any slight lameness
However, please not the exact wording, and not make incorrect assumptions and generalizations. I never said lunging is useless, should not be done, and certainly, if you need to lunge a horse, to feel okay about getting on, in the sake of safety , do it!
What I said is, "If I HAD " to lunge a broke horse, each time before I rode it, then for me that shows lack of training or mind
I want a horse, broke enough, that I can, if I WANT to, just saddle up and ride
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It's become obvious that several of us mean several different things when we say ground work.

Lunging seems to be a big part of it for some. I can't recall lunging a horse since the early 1970's. At that time and place, it was simply considered a lazy mans way of cooling off a hot horse or drying a freshly bathed one. I did use it to get unbroken horses accustomed to the saddle, and to get them to respond to voice commands.

The way folks talk about it now, it seems to have gotten a lot more complicated. But if Jaydee asked me to send a video of a horse being lunged, she would get a horse moving walk, trot, canter, and whoa, with transitions up and down, all in both directions. I'm not sure what else there is.
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I would expect that too Cordillera but I know from experience that I shouldn't - to many people lungeing a horse is purely about running it around until its worn out and the horses have no concept at all of obeying any sort of verbal commands.
No Smilie I've never been to a stock horse show. They have Western rail classes at some of the things we go too and barrel racing and gymkhana classes but that's about it
I don't know anyone who lunges a horse just to wear it out before they get on it, its more done to warm a horse up (walking and some trotting for approx. 20 minutes) before a rider gets on to do more intense schooling work or jumping. On the more high end competition yards its the sort of thing a groom does for a professional rider that's got a lot of horses to work in the course of the day though a lot of the warming up sessions are now done on horse walkers
A lot of the horses kept on competition yards are stabled a lot of the time and turnout is just a small dry lot so preparing them for a work session is different to grabbing your horse from a good sized field where its been all day, tacking up and heading out on to the trails though even then you wouldn't normally canter straight out of the yard
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