How do I start a stubborn 9 mo. old spotted saddle horse colt lunging? The first time I tried him, he did good for about 2 laps then started stopping at the gate. After trying everything I could think of, things have gone downhill. To the point of me not even trying to lunge him anymore. The little stud colt has plenty of sense. He's halter broke, clipper broke, leadline broke and is even beginning to park out.
Is lunging a vital part of his beginning ground work? If so how do I restart the process correctly?
Lunging is an extremely vital necessity in the training of a young horse. It introduces the controlled exercise of the riderless horse on a circle, using a long rein. It is also used to train both horses and riders and should be carries out in an enclosed area on a good, safe, even surface. Lunging is a skill, and it can go very wrong in inexperienced hands. Beginners should practice on an older, reliable horse.The most important thing for you to remember is...keep your cool!
Lunging is done with a line at least 23 ft. in length that helps controls the horse by way of the voice, the line and the whip. The tone of your voice is more important than the words, but a clear intention must be conveyed to gain a horse's respect, understanding, and trust. When the horse becomes obedient, lunging can improve its balance, paces, and fitness.
HorseCity has several articles in the archives that will help you get started on the proper foot. Go to the main page of HorseCity, scroll down about half way, on the left margin you will see a power search box. Leave the year as 2000, in the box enter "longeing" (there seems to be two different spellingsfor this word, one English, one American). This will take you to the articles you need. Read them and I hope they help.
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