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post #1 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so i have a yearlying! And i cant seem to lunge him? I get him to back up and i start swiging the rope ro get him to move but insted of circling he comes to me? How do i get him to lunge with out comeing to me?? Help please!!
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 08:40 PM
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There are a number of "moving parts" that all must be working synchronistically when teaching a horse to lunge.

Why don't you watch Stacy Westfall's Video Diary on Youtube, where she trains Jac from ground zero. I think it will help. She's up to episode 15 now. It's very enlightening.
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 08:58 PM
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You may want to reconsider whether you really want to be lunging a yearling. We don't start that type of high joint stress work that young.
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 10:18 PM
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You may want to reconsider whether you really want to be lunging a yearling. We don't start that type of high joint stress work that young.
I agree.

Lead him around. Braid his short mane and tail. Paint his hooves. Take him everywhere you go while you do chores. But, lunging? I wouldn't.
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post #6 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 10:26 PM
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 11:19 PM
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I agree with boots. Take him EVERYWHERE with you around the property while you do chores. Then once his joints develop a little more, start him in a round pen that is at least 60' in diameter (the average horse needs a 60' circle for it to be a balanced circle; prevents spinal flexion and unnecessary pressure on the shoulders, knees, and fetlocks). Do this without a lunge line. Make sure you keep your body positioned behind the horses shoulder, but in front of the hip. Work him lightly for short periods of time frequently. Slowly start increasing his work (this is a healthy way to build stamina and muscle), and always always always praise for good behavior. When you are giving him a break, like when you ask him to whoa, he should stand there politely until you ask him to move forward. If he moves forward before you ask him, trot him a full circle and ask him to walk, then to whoa. Once you can successfully round pen him, going both directions at the walk trot and canter, staying in the round pen, hook up a lunge line to his halter and do the same routines you did when you would round pen him, except when he tries to walk to you, keep yourself between his shoulder and hip and keep asking him to move forward. Get him round penning good before you hook a line to him, you will have better luck with it. Hope this helped. Send me a private message if you have any other questions :)
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post #8 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 11:35 PM
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I hate answers like this. If the OP had access readily to a trainer, don't you think they would have talked with said trainer? A lot of posts are like that. Some people can't do trainers. If they could they wouldn't be on here asking the question.

If you MUST tell them that they should get a trainer, you could at least offer some kind of helpful advice while you're at it instead of telling them to do something they wish they could and can't.

Don't get me wrong, I see some situations on the forum that are just plain out dangerous and it scares me to read that the OP is in such a situation. Those types I will not advise, and I even jump on the trainer bandwagon. But a majority of them is just a person needing some helpful advice with a bump in the road that they've hit, and some advice from other horse people is enough to push them over that bump.

If EVERYBODY could just "go get a trainer" this forum would be pretty dead.

OP, I really do think that your horse is too young to start lunging. The joints are not ready yet. Instead, try to work on groundwork that's not so stressful. Get him used to EVERYTHING, and have his ground manners down 100% solidly. I wouldn't start lunging yet, so you'll have some time yet.
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post #9 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 11:53 PM
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You may want to reconsider whether you really want to be lunging a yearling. We don't start that type of high joint stress work that young.
Yes, agreed. I must have missed that part...he is too young to lunge now but you can teach him all kinds of other things now that will make it easier when you do begin the lunging.

AND it will give you time to really learn yourself about what you're doing. When you watch Stacy you will learn that every single nuance means something and whenever you're with a horse, you're training it.

FWIW, I've ridden for years, sometimes 2 horses a day. I've ridden all sorts of horses including VERY green horses, shown hunter over fences, done some cross country jumping, trail riding, shown AQHA - western pleasure, horsemanship, showmanship, trail and hunter under saddle and I wouldn't dream of training a horse myself.

I've had probably over 15 solid years of intense riding and it seems the more experienced I am, the more I know how easy it is to mess up a horse. I cringe when I see relative beginners trying to train horses (this is not directed at you OP, just my general 2 cents worth). I prefer to stick to what I'm best at and leave the formative training to the experts.

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post #10 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 11:59 PM
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when it does come time to teach lunging, it helps to have another person who leads your horse around the circle, while you apply the cues with the whip and line, and the leader makes sure the horse goes when asked and stops when asked. then , the leader kind of "disappears" and the horse should go from the cues.
I have not done this myself, and it's not the only way to teach lunging to a horse, but I've heard it is the perhaps the calmest method.
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