Treatment Type: Training Techniques
Rated for: Thoroughbred
Bradenton, Florida, United States
Posted Dec. 8, 2018
Lunging is an essential thing to know while communicating, riding, training, or just working with a horse. I rated this a little low on the easy scale, because you must learn how to do this correctly, doing this wrong could result in a negative outcome for you and your horse.
In very simple terms, you should by placing your horse where you want him to travel and walk to the center of the circle you want your horse to work on. As your horse moves off on the circle you will be holding the lunge line up, not dragging on the ground, elbow bent and the whip should pointed at the horse's hocks, if your horse is lazy otherwise no need for a long lunge whip.
Lunging can be used in many situations.... If you have a youngster, its great for warming up and getting all of the spunk out. Work the horse in walk, trot, and canter (controlled) both ways, for about 10 minuets before getting on. Secondly, this is a great way to check if your horses is lame, because you have to control while lunging, you can focus on looking for the injury, and this won't allow your horses to take off and make the injury worse.