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post #1 of 21 Old 07-25-2016, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Question Lunging stages

Hi there!
Not so long ago I bought my first horse and we are working on improving our connection on the ground before any serious riding.
Yesterday I was lunging her and suddenly there came a 17 y.o girl with 11 years of experience telling me that I'm doing it all wrong. Basically, she told me I should do 10 mins of walk, 7 mins of trot and 5 of gallop or something like this... I'm having my doubts though, because I've seen people in my barn doing it in a different way... So I'm confused. How long should each of the "stages" last?
Thank you in advance!

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post #2 of 21 Old 07-25-2016, 09:30 AM
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This is what I was thought, no idea if it's correct:

Determine which side your horse is harder to bend to.

2 circles walk, 6 circles trott to the "easier" side
Change hand
2 x walk, 6 x trott, 2x walk, 6 x trott "harder" side
Change hand
2x walk, 6xtrott, 2xcanter to the "easier" side
Change hands
2x walk, 6xtrott,2x canter, 2x walk, 6x trott, 2x canter, 2x walk

Basically, the amount of work is doubled to the "harder" side, and I do a lot of transitions.
I don't measure time as it depends on the speed of the particular horse.

I would love to hear if I'm doing it wrong.
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post #3 of 21 Old 07-25-2016, 09:40 AM
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There are no set rules. Although mine lunge well I seldom lunge any horse & even then I don't count the circles.
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post #4 of 21 Old 07-25-2016, 09:49 AM
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Horses are individuals and longeing is a tool. You should never try to fit a horse into a one size fits all box.


Iwalk out each day with a general goal in mind for a longeing session, but if the horse is very energetic or naughty or very quiet my goals may need to shift.

If I am riding after I only lunge for a very short period of time just to get them focusing on doing the job and softening through the body.

And remember if you are just starting out longeing a horse, that it is HARD WORK and on a fairly small circle so it is pretty hard on their joints. And you need to build up fitness slowly.

I don't like to longe horses for much longer than 10-15 mins a side. Period. 30 mins is plenty long to work a horse in 30m circle. If I can't accomplish what I need to do in that amount of time, I might be doing something wrong. And then I will allow myself a walk out time to cook them out.
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-25-2016, 11:20 AM
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Isn't it nice to know that 17 year olds have all the answers? Sheesh!
If I were going to work a horse on a long line (and that is IF because I won't do this with a mature, trained horse), I would work them both directions. Otherwise, whatever I ask them to do from the ground is done on a standard lead.
I would thank the advice-giver for her words of wisdom and go about my business. : )

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Isn't it nice to know that 17 year olds have all the answers? Sheesh!
If I were going to work a horse on a long line (and that is IF because I won't do this with a mature, trained horse), I would work them both directions. Otherwise, whatever I ask them to do from the ground is done on a standard lead.
I would thank the advice-giver for her words of wisdom and go about my business. : )
You're much nicer than me. I'd tell her to shut up.
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I'm not sure what this teen thought you were doing wrong. Was it that you clipped the lunge line on and then asked the horse to start right out cantering? It is very important that a horse that may have been doing nothing more than standing around a stall or very small paddock all day be allowed to warm up before being ask to canter small circles Perhaps that was what the advice giver meant by "the right way".
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I'd ignore all of those set time things, you walk/trot/canter according to your horse's needs - don't forget to change direction - If I was wanting to sharpen up a horse's focus on transitions on the lunge I might only do half a circle at trot then back to walk and then back to trot again
If you have to lunge then variety is less inclined to = boredom
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There are no rules, far as how long you work in any direction, nor the gaits.
What lunging should be, is alearning experience, either bitting up a young horse gradually, or having a broke horse get his mind back on you, if he has a day or venue where it has left you temporailly, before getting on to ride
Thus, on abroke horse, I expect him to go at the gait I ask for, in frame, just as if I was on his back-no just trying to wear the horse down, or letting him do his own thing, or just move out of frame, not engaged
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I'm not sure what this teen thought you were doing wrong. Was it that you clipped the lunge line on and then asked the horse to start right out cantering? It is very important that a horse that may have been doing nothing more than standing around a stall or very small paddock all day be allowed to warm up before being ask to canter small circles Perhaps that was what the advice giver meant by "the right way".

According to her I gave my horse too little trot (which was like at least 5 circles) and when I asked my mare to canter the girl went like "whooaaaaaaa" slowing her down which ****ed me off a lot, because I felt like she got a bit confused receiving commands from two different sides (the girl was outside the ring and I was inside with my mare). In fact, she kept interrupting me since then and trying to "help" me, as she said.
Oh, and I keep her outside in quite a big paddock actually, so it's not like she doesn't get to stretch her legs.


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You're much nicer than me. I'd tell her to shut up.

I was seriously close to do so...

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