when i first got her she didnt know how to lunge, so i taught her (i dont use a whip)
First, what is the purpose of lunging her? What are you teaching that you can't teach from the saddle? If you are going to lunge you should have a goal in mind. I would use a whip rather than continuosly pestering her to stay in the gait. I don't like to do a lot of clucking and smooching to a horse because it looses effectiveness when it can't be reinforced. Too many people lunge just because there is a long whip and a line in the tack room. Lunging is not great for a horses joints and does little for thier training. Unless you lunge for an hour your not getting much energy out of your horse either. It may serve to focus your horse on you but that focus is lost the longer you go around and around.any sugesstions? should i be using a whip?
I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said she needed a whip. My point was that the OP needs something to get her horse moving without constant clucking. If she can get her horse going without one and without clucking at her over and over and over, that's all she needs. =]I do not use a lunge whip either. I step in toward my horses to get them moving out. I pretty much use the same body movement, technique as free lunging in a round pen, but I no longer have a round pen. To say that you can't reinforce a command on a lunge line is not true, you certainly can. All I need to do is give them "that look" (they know "that look" and they respond accordingly
Ride him!! 2.5 is old enough for light riding.OK I agree with riding to exercise your horses that are old enough to ride but I have a 2.5 yr old whom I no longer have the option of ponying. How do you suggest I exercise him other than lunging. BTW I don't agree with using a lunge line but I also no longer have access to a round pen. I need some exercises that I can do with Hunter.
Just because he's a 2.5 year old, does not mean you can't still pony himOK I agree with riding to exercise your horses that are old enough to ride but I have a 2.5 yr old whom I no longer have the option of ponying. How do you suggest I exercise him other than lunging. BTW I don't agree with using a lunge line but I also no longer have access to a round pen. I need some exercises that I can do with Hunter.
Yes, she is finally understanding to stop, again when i first got her about a year ago she didnt understand the concept of lunging, and i havent taught her alot of lunging alot as i prefer to ride and i dont lunge her alot, i only lunge if for some reason i cant ride or dont have alot of time, it gets her out of her stall and mentally working, as mom2pride saidAside from the constant hand and clucking cues in order to keep her going foward, I think she looks nice and relaxed, and is listening pretty well; she did take a long time to stop, though, so I would make sure you step infront of her drive line (ahead of her shoulder) while you are cueing her with your hand, that way she responds sooner, because your body is asking her, not just your hand.
Once she is going in a gait, drop all your cues, and only 'pick them up' again if she breaks gait, or slows down to much.
Longing is a good way to mentally 'check' on a horse before getting on; especially with young ones, I always longe before getting on; that way I know what 'mood' I am dealing with before I get on. You can reinforce verbal cues from the ground, and help warm a horse up prior to riding. I don't just longe, either, I will do some bending and flexing, backing, turns, etc.