Lunging a horse can be a lot of fun and very enjoyable. I am certainly not an expert and I will not pretend to tell you how to do it. Just a few points on why.
I have had the good fortune in my life to have owned a horse farm with over 40 horses currently, since 1989.
I have lunged a lot of horses over the years. Mostly thoroughbreds because they tend to be fairly high strung with a lot of energy.
When we would go to a horse show we would try to settle them down by lunging a horse the morning of the show.
We would also lunge horses before we started to ride them or use them in lessons to help calm them down and take some of the energy out of them.
There are many reasons to lunge a horse. Not only does it help you to take the excess energy out of them but you can use it for training. I remember putting the horses through their work.
I would have them slowly walk around and then encourage them to trot with my voice and by clucking . I believe it’s something you want to set aside a good half-hour for.
I would always lunge them with a halter on and put the halter over the bridle if necessary. If they were fully tacked up I would make sure the stirrups weren’t flapping or other things weren’t dragging on the ground.
I am a big guy 6’3” + 230 lbs so I generally didn’t have to worry about the horses running away with me. I would always move my feet and not spin around so as not to get too dizzy.
There definitely is a right and wrong way to lunge a horse so be sure to get proper training.
As they are going around you can also tell if they might have an injury by watching their gaits and their head movement.
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