Lunging Part Three

					Lunging/Longeing - Part Three
Lunging in a circle, using the same body language horses use is natural
to a horse, and they will easily see your intent.   You will of course
have spent time with your horse to get them familiar with the lunging
routine, and what you are asking of them - whether it's to go right or
left, reverse, give face, give at the poll etc.
Once you have the body language aced, add voice commands to match the
body language.   You've already laid the foundation for them to
understand what you are asking with your body, by combining a command
with the body language, it's easy for them to make the association
between body and voice.   You're doing all the pre-preparatory work so
that when you do saddle your horse, he can make the transition from
ground body language and voice commands to the same language in the
Your body language and position are crucial when communicating with your
horse. Once you are in the saddle, if your body language matches what
you gave your horse on the ground, you will build confidence in your
horse that you are a trustworthy leader and he will listen to you. Yes,
it does happen that you get the occasional horse who figures they know
better than you do. These ones you really need professional help with.
But don't be discouraged, you can still lunge them and teach them the
But, we're a little ahead of ourselves here, so back to the round pen to
learn how to teach your horse to stop. As simple as it sounds, all you
have to do is stop all forms of communication. Quit walking, lower your
head, and softly say "Whoa!" If you want a nice stop, quiet and relaxed,
you have to give your horse the right language to do that. If they don't
stop, keep on walking and try it again. They will get the idea so long
as you have the patience. Bottom line is if you want a nice quiet,
obedient and great horse, you have to be all those things yourself in
addition to a great leader.

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