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post #21 of 24 Old 09-18-2011, 01:00 AM
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I have just made a up a tape round pen today. My only concern about free lunging is that when he lets loose his silly behaviour, I dont want him running or getting to close to me...

With free lunging how would I control where he goes? Like today he did a spook and turned towards me while he was being a douche and I had to flick the lunge whip at him so he would not get close to me =/ I don't really fancy a kick to the face nor being run over.

Is it best done in a small pen or large? How do a make him change directions while free lunging? Plus, keep him out from getting close to me? Am I still meant to use my lunge whip?
To change direction, I hold my arm out to the inside of the circle and my lunge whip to the outside, unless Mitch is being completely crazy he will turn, At first I would slow him to a walk then drop my whip, walk out and turn him round while my hand was to the inside, he seemed to associate my hand being held up with turning quite quickly so that worked for him.

Yep, square up and look scary along with flicking your whip at him if he gets close, that should deter him from coming too close.. Cause hey, I don't know about you but if someone is standing by looking real scary then i'm not going over that way
Did he understand what to do when he got in there? Just thinking maybe he was going close to you because he was confused, if so then maybe lunge him inside the circle, but using your rope so he knows what he's doing for a bit.

Personally I use a large-ish circle, the radius would be about 12m, because then I've got those extra few metres to work with and get out of the way if need be. So it would probably end up being the same size as my normal lunge circle, considering I walk in my own circle when lunging.

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post #22 of 24 Old 09-18-2011, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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SUCCESS!!

Absolute perfection today, Im so proud of him!

I set up a obstical(sp?) course of small jumps and trotting poles and he loved it! He self positioned himself for the jumps and trotting poles. I didnt even have to push him where to go (Last year when I first got him he used to avoid or hesistate at jumps while lunging or ramdomly spook at them).

He was also fully paying attention to me and all my voice commands. He did all his walk-trot-canter-trot-walk-trot-halt etc transitions perfectly.
So nice to watch and not get my arm pulled off. I made sure I rewarded him after every good effort no matter how small (Like the first trot he did around the pen without fuss i pulled him in and patted him and then sent him out in the opposite direction) and I think he got the picture (Well I hope so will find out when I next lunge him lol)

Yay don't you love super good horse days??

I did try a little bit of free lunging today but totally sucked ****. I think Rocky and I were both really confused. So I think Ill stick to the line lungeing for now. But definetly would be interested in praticing it when daylight savings starts as Ill have more time. I think I need to make my tape pen smaller for free lunging for the first few lessons until he understand what to do too. Luckily he respects tape.

Thanks for all your guys tips and advice I think at the end of the day I wasn't giving his mind enough work to focus on and so I was boring him and he acted out in frustration?
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Joe is exactly the same, he bucks while cantering on the lunge line.

I didn't think it was such a big deal as people are making it out to be. I lunge my horse when he is fresh and of course I am going to expect him to buck, after all he's having fun and getting it out of his system and I perfer him to do it on the lunge then when im riding.

I always use my roller and side reins when lunging when I really want him to work, as soon as I know he is settled enough to wear them - I put them on and make him work untill I am happy with him.


How is letting a horse back on the lunge a bad thing?

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post #24 of 24 Old 09-18-2011, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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How is letting a horse back on the lunge a bad thing?
Well when they are out of your control and in danger of entangling/hurting themselves and you in the process for a start
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