Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
My answer is no, the horse doesn't need lunged every time you ride especially at the trail head..
I've seen someone do that on an organized ride. Not only did it confuse the poor horse, it made the horses the next trailer over crazy, and left several of us taking bets as to how long it would take for that person to get dumped.
One Sunday with the wind blowing and my neighbor shooting round after round of bullets in his semi-automatic just because he had moved to the country, I got on my diciest horse who had not been ridden for six years -- six years --
I got on him bareback -- he stood like a saint for me to crawl up on the fender of the race car trailer to get on him, then he walked off like we'd been doing that every day.
No "re-training", no lunging, no nothing - I just got on him and off we went -I was 68 or 69 at the time - I would have to go digging for the video DH took and look at the date:)
It sounds to me that the horse is fine, your confidence level is what needs some help. Hopefully you have a trainer who is good at instilling rider confidence:)
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.