> Lunging a horse who is stiff to the right, who wants to lean on the right
> shoulder and cut in (not dangerously), and then speeds up to stay upright.
> For my safety and his, what would you folks do to keep him out on the
> He was very fresh so I was not holding a lunge whip for most of this. He is
> not allowed to play on the line and I was having to hold him shorter than
> I'd prefer for lunging in order to maintain control. Once some of the excess
> wore off, I used the whip pointed at his shoulder to hold him out and gave
> him a larger circle to work in.
> More experience with lunge-is-work wouldn't hurt, of course, but I really
> don't lunge much. No way was I getting on this one without though!
> I discussed the issue with my trainer. A gold star for the first to match
> his answer :-) but I bet there's more than one way to accomplish this goal.
> I'm looking for other ideas.
> Emily - and Hoover (Who? Me? Fresh?)
Sigh! I wish bulging in was the issue with HRH Reason. He apparently
went to the school of "get out on the end of the lunge line and tear
around like an idiot until we get the steam out of our system and then
trot until we feel like stopping!" Once the zoomies have stopped, he
appears to understand the words walk and trot, but Whoa is apparently
a foreign language! I can get him to eventually stop, but then he
gets all antsy because I believe he was probably never allowed to stop
moving while lunging! Not really fond of a horse with NO whoa in his
vocabulary (now that I think of it, I don't even know if he responds
to it under saddle; sounds like today's experiment, eh? ;-)) So,
looks like we are adding 10-15 minutes of lunging to our warmup
regimen for a while.
I would really like to be able to make lunging more of a training than
getting the zoomies out of his system session. I think I have
developed a bit of sciatica (sp?) from a combination of a pulled
muscle in my back (from an incident with Lance, the Clyde/Morgan cross
school horse, at a horse show last summer,) which has now been
aggravated by transporting a euthanized 150lb Great Dane to its
owner's car (this after the guy told our doctor he would help us get
her out there! His help was opening the car doors apparently!)
Weight limit? We don't got no stinking weight limit at my hospital!!!
(remind me again WHY I took on a retraining project again? I remember
those famous words that I would only get a baby/truly green horse for
my next one so I wasn't fixing OTHER peoples' screwups? HA, HA,
HA!!! But it will be ok, since HRH is actually turning into a pretty
nice horse on somedays. Let's see how his back does with this
increase in workload again!)