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Lungeing question

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Emily S
Breeding Stock
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 247
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Monday, October 05, 2009 - 09:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello everyone, I have been training my yearling to lunge and I was wondering if I need to wrap his legs for this? I do not lunge him for long periods of time, but he does like to run around a lot, so I was just wondering if this might be something I should do. Thank you!
 

Marilyn Lemke
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Marilyn_l

Post Number: 2269
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Monday, October 05, 2009 - 04:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would do very little circles with a yearling. At a walk, this is not a problem, but at a trot and a canter, it could damage the young, growing bones in their legs.

When I lounge Asia, I would do very little circles, I would do a half circle, then walk with her and do another half circle and walk, so on and so on. I was told if the knees are not closed, you can do much damage to their legs.
 

Samantha
Breeding Stock
Username: Dressage_diva333

Post Number: 862
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Monday, October 05, 2009 - 08:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Definately don't lunge a yearling, big no-no. You can do damage even with a full grown horse.

If you want to work him, freelunging in a big arena is an option I guess. I don't wrap young horses legs, I use boots, then they graduate to wraps once they are undersaddle (you can do A LOT of damage if they are not wrapped properly).

Although, why bother lunging a young horse in the first place? If you want to exercise him, perhaps consider ponying him? As far as training goes, there is so much more you can do without lunging. Trailering, bathing, clipping, etc.. or just let them be a horse. They can worry about being lunged when they are three or four, there's no reason to start so early.
 

Terry Waechter P.R.E. foals
Breeding Stock
Username: Watchman

Post Number: 881
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 10:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

we do a lot of in hand work at the walk and a little jogging in a straight line on command. It provides short interesting lessons for the youngster without stress or strain...they learn whoa, back, walk on, trot, stand, sideways moves, turn on the haunches , turn on the forehand etc....all useful when they are older....
 

RAS
Neonate
Username: Bbr10

Post Number: 2
Registered: 07-2010
Posted on Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 06:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi I have a foal that was born 13 weeks ago. She is very energetic and sweet as pie..unless you work with her for over 15 minutes lol. Okay so I have been working on leading with her. If she balks give consistent pressure until she gives in and it works. I use Clinton Anderson's training, I am currently watching his 3 shows on breaking to saddle. I am not going to green break my filly until she is 2 years old. She will not be put to work until she is 3 and a half. I need some advice, I have been slowly teaching her to lunge at a walk, just a tiny circle around me and not for long periods of time. (Her mother is WONDERFUL and is completely ok with this) I have even begun entroducing her to standing tied (with mom nearby and for VERY short periods of time.) this is my first foal and want her trained to do all these things asap to prevent dangerous situations later on. (I would rather teach a 200lb baby to stand tied then a 800lb yearling.)I want to know if this is going to hurt her in any possible way? I have even been desensitizing her to heavy blankets over her back and gently hitting her with them and she doesn't mind at all. And she has been coughing a little, no runny nose, etc. but just coughing. Is this normal?

Thanks!
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 2970
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 10:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Be aware that lunging young horses is hard on their legs - particularly their joints. Lunging a foal would be incredibly hard on it and I would not recommend it even for short periods.
 

Brittany Hindes
Yearling
Username: Bhindes

Post Number: 100
Registered: 08-2009
Posted on Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 11:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Ras,

The filly my mare had in 2005 we started tieing her when she was 3 months old. She did great, but we also had mom tied right next to her. Actually I think it helps a lot teaching them all the basics when they still have mom for comfort. She was halter broke by the time she was 2 weeks old and she was already used to being clipped by the time she was 1 week old. I even was training her to pick up her feet as soon as she was halter broke. Because she was born in January and it was so cold and wet still I was not able to introduce the hose until she was 4 months. By the time she was about 4 1/2 months she was getting a regular hosing every weekend and every so often she would even get a bath. We did all this while she was tied and of course mom was right next to her. We had no problems and she never pulled or did anything stupid. Like I said I think it helps a lot when mom is there for comfort. Also I did not start lounging her until she was at least 6 months old. I only free lounged her as I heard tight circles is hard on their joints and could possibly lead to early airthirits. Not sure if this is true but I did not want to take any chances. Hope all this helps.

Brittany



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