CLASSICAL THEORY FOR LUNGEING THE HORSE
Reasons for lungeing horses
1. Training of young horses.
Familiarization phase, acceptance of the tack and the aids, confidence building, improving relaxation and balance, preparation for mounting.
2. Supplementing the training program.
As a warm-up for horses which are too fresh, cold backed, cinchy, tight in the back or in the loins, not coming through the withers, or generally take a long time to loosen up, to improve relaxation, regularity, impulsion, obedience, especially transitions.
3. Improving conformational shortcomings.
Ewe neck, strong muscle in under neck, no muscles in front of withers, weak in the back, loins, quarters, etc. Improving the top line. Useful: sliding side reins, work over ground poles and cavalletti.
4. Re-training problem horses or horses from other disciplines.
Re-schooling horses from other disciplines (off the track, ex-jumpers, etc.)
Improving the top line, improving connection, restoring confidence in the bit with Useful: sliding side reins, work over poles and cavalletti.
5. Exercising horses that cannot be ridden.
After lay-up or injury, sore back, etc., owner or trainer not able to ride, conditioning.
6. As preparation for work-in-hand.
Half-steps, piaffe, passage, long-reining.
Desires Results of Lungeing
Improves communication between trainer and horse, teaches obedience.
Improves condition and muscle tone.
Improves development or the top line.
Improves balance, resulting in better quality gaits.
Improves lateral and longitudinal suppleness
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