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post #11 of 16 Old 11-18-2014, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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I have noticed that he cuts the corner at the spot that I asked him to move out from me to start walking a circle (if that makes sense). Yes, he does it both directions. My main purpose in lunging is for when I don't have time to tack up and ride him, so he gets exercise in some way. I exercise him about 2-4 times a week. Not recently though, I've been cutting back on his exercise to help him gain weight for the winter.
I will admit, I think the reason why he's been cutting is because I didn't notice it when he was first learning to lunge, and when I did, I didn't think much of it. Every now and then, I would try to do something about it, like Skyseternalangel had suggested, but wasn't consistent with it. My goal now is to just get him to stop this habit, so I will be consistent.
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post #12 of 16 Old 11-18-2014, 02:28 PM
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Most horses that do this do it when the circle takes them farthest from the barn. Jiggle your lung whip at his jaw as soon as you see him sneaking inward. Perfect this at the walk first in both directions. If he walks into the whip and doesn't move off, tap his neck.

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post #13 of 16 Old 11-19-2014, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys!!
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post #14 of 16 Old 11-21-2014, 02:27 PM
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Some good advice from others.

Also, consider as you anticipate a corner cut coming or if he does it in the same spot, do something different before then - keep his mind active and wondering, change directions, gaits.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-22-2014, 12:14 AM
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Agree, you've trained him to do it..

ALWAYS use a lunge whip. ALWAYS. Don't let him do this at all.

I find horses that do this usually need forward motivation as well.

Nice big circles. There shouldn't be any corners anyways :P but I know what you mean. Be ready BEFORE he does it to stop him.

Do NOT invite him in, make sure you aren't giving him mixed messages. Personally, even when stopping a horse, I like them to stop on the circle and NOT turn or walk in.

It may not hurt to set up some cones or something to make his track clear- for both of you.

Agree why are you lunging? You have a simple issue you are having trouble with and it won't be benefiting him at all.
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-22-2014, 10:25 AM
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Before he cuts in push him forward , you should be walking in a backwards circle to keep behind his shoulder.
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