Lunging is an exercise done with various intent.
Sometimes the goal is to tire the horse out a bit… to “get the bucks out”.
Other times it may be to evaluate soundness and access a horse’s movement.
Some riders lunge their horse simply because it’s part of a routine.
Lunging can be mindless, disconnecting, and create stress on the horse’s body or…
The exercise of lunging can be calming, developing strength and suppleness, and even creating an opportunity for rapport between horse and handler.
If you have ever experienced challenges during lunging, perhaps your horse leaning in, rushing around, running off, or trying to turn in and face you, I have a simple exercise and tutorial I would like to share with you.
Watch as I lunge one of my school horses, Ellie, working specifically on changing directions – a key skill for the handler during lunging, and one of the best movements for solving many problems.
Click below to watch the video and then leave a comment below – what is one lunging tip that you find most helpful?
See you in the comments!