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Your an intermediate rider and your trainer puts you and your horse on the lunge line for the entire lesson. Do you feel :oops:<< like this when another rider and horse come down to the ring to ride?

When ever we have a lesson on the lunge line i feel like we have dropped down to beginner stuff all over again. :;sigh::

We were stuck on the lunge yesterday because the ring had snow and my horse kept getting snow balls...so we couldnt really go to far in the ring because it was mostly snow..

there were certain spots where i could ride though..


Do you feel that way on the lunge line?
 

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Try not to think of it that way... think of it as it's just something to help you guys refresh. Don't get embarrassed, or think about what everyone else thinks while you're on your horse- just focus on what you two are doing and have fun! Worrying about being embarrassed is just don't to distract you and make you do something silly.... most of the time I ever "mess up" or ruin form is when I'm thinking about the people who are watching.
 

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Lounge lessons are awesome! Were you "steering" or having a real lounge lessons?

Did you know that for the first two years at the Spanish Riding School the riders don't really ride at all? They get lounge lessons, lounge lessons, and more lounge lessons. It creates a super good seat and great skills:)
 

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Lounge lessons are awesome! Were you "steering" or having a real lounge lessons?

Did you know that for the first two years at the Spanish Riding School the riders don't really ride at all? They get lounge lessons, lounge lessons, and more lounge lessons. It creates a super good seat and great skills:)
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Only in America are longe lessons considered by many to be for beginners only.

One of dressage trainers ridden for spent several years in Germany and he said the same thing. Longe, longe, and longe some more.
 

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well i dont do lessons but i helped with my friends mom teaching a little girl to ride in a movie, so she was on a lunge line. well i had to show her how to canter. so i got on and had no sturrips and just a handful of mane and we cantered a bunch i had ot show the girl how to post,3 point, and other things. i liked it it helped a lot i think, i have been riding for 9-10 years and i use to w/t/c around her with no line but in a circle around her for an hour before i could go around the arena. where i go to ride with my friend they own the place and theres only a handful of people tht come out but not often.
 

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I beg my trainer for lunge line lessons! Better yourself and you become a lot nicer to work with in your horse's eyes. Plus it feels better, smoother, safer once you stop the pinching or tenseness or not using your seat bones or whatever the fix happens to be.
 

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Thanks everyone :)

To Mudpie....it was both...i was steering to keep him out on the circle,and she had the inside rein of the lunge line.

We werent really working on anythng...we were just trotting around and around..

Tomorrow im having a lesson...so we will see how it goes.
 

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I wish I had an instructor would give me lunge line lessons. They do wonders for helping you actually work instead of cheating by depending on reins.

Standing while being lunged at a trot on a DW was one of the hardest things I had done on horseback in a while. So bouncy. =P
 

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My current instructor/coach has never put me on the lunge line. An instructor I had used for a 5 years, always put me on the lunge line. I didn't care, as long as I was riding & improving.
 
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Just the opposite. I wish I had someone to do them with me. Luckily my horse is a saint and will trot around the outside of the ring all day while I flop around up there trying to find my center.
 
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+1

Only in America are longe lessons considered by many to be for beginners only.

One of dressage trainers ridden for spent several years in Germany and he said the same thing. Longe, longe, and longe some more.
And maybe only in some parts of the U.S. :)

I'm in my fifties, ranch and play polo. Last summer a new coach came to my club and offered me a longe-line lesson to show me a more effective set of swings and to coach me in some alternative cues on one horse that tends to run out on the ball. Then he gave me some drills that might have sounded basic. I hope he comes back.

I did all of it and my game improved greatly. I want to be the best I can be. I'll take lessons of any kind from anyone who is good with horses. If they can get a result that I admire, I'm game!
 

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I had another lunge lesson today because my horse was acting up today. So my trainer didnt feel that he would be okay out in the ring on our own. So we stayed on the lunge line.

Atleast the snow melted and the ground was fine.

Oh and it was a private lesson today so there was no one at the barn that was riding. So i felt alright this time.
 

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my trainer puts me on the lunge line(whole lesson also) to strengthen my legs (after a week w/out riding), keep my hands steady, work on a particular part of my body (like toes in), and learn how to control speed without using my legs(posting at the correct speed)
I am in no means a beginner. but even after all my training these lunge line lessons (I have found) are the KEY to my riding.
yes, I'd like to kill my trainer after these leg burning lessons, but them make me MUCH better in the long run.
so no, I wouldn't feel ashamed on the lunge line, even pros do this.
 

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I have been riding for over ten years and am currently at the 2nd-3rd dressage level in my ability to train and I wish I could have lunge lessons more often! When given by a good trainer, I find lunge lessons to be so helpful. It's nice to focus on fine tuning my riding position without having to control the horse at the same time.
The last time I had a lunge lesson I dismounted and felt so relaxed and clear-headed. I don't do yoga, but I imagine that's what one feels like at the end of it.
 

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I have no one to lunge me so I have started dropping reins over pommel ( I ride English) and walk / trot no reins essentially lunging myself. Obviously you need to trust your horse for that. I'd kill for a lunge lesson!!!!!!

ETA forward is not an issue for my red ferarri, I mean red horse
 

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Good on you. Some of the best lessons and ah-ha moments I've ever had were with my trainer in lunge lessons. Especially with one stirrup out....and then with no stirrups. I agree that anything that helps you with balance and position is great. We used to do things like lifting one leg up over the pommel....argh! then both legs up...while sitting straight and tall. Walking, and haha, trotting. What a killer exercise!
My coach says you're supposed to be to canter while doing that, too....!
 
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