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ALL LEVELS: How and Why to Lunge a Horse Video
Lunging is preparing your horse for a ride. This is vitally important. You don’t just want to jump on a horse that has been out to pasture for a few weeks, they may not want to work. They will tend to be on the frisky side. Once you have lunged the horse, put a saddle on it and lunge it some more.
In the lunging process, don’t let anything disturb you. You can hear a tractor in the background cutting my hay. Cherry has been desensitized to sounds and motions. She is learning to trust, and accept love. One of the most important things about lunging is to show command and teaching the horse that you are in control. Lunging will put the horse into working mode.
In the process of training your horse, you must follow through. Don’t stop halfway. Complete the process, no matter how long it takes. Once they know you are not giving up, they will comply. They will learn that they can trust you and, they can learn to enjoy learning. Horses can be stubborn. They can push your buttons, get you upset and, fight you the whole way. But, if you remain calm and consistent, you will develop a relationship. They will love you and want you to teach them. Watch this video to see how it works. Enjoy!