What NOT to do When Lunging Your Horse 14 comments 14 Comments Erin on May 31, 2022 at 9:38 am Body position is important to how the horse responds whilst being lunged. If you get to far behind you may be at risk of a horse kicking out. Reply Liz Braid on June 2, 2022 at 5:52 am All good, helpful tips. I usually fold the lunge rein rather than loop it, like a do with a lead rope. Loops become dangerous. Reply Maree on June 3, 2022 at 6:19 am Fold Lunge rope rather than loop, but if you must loop the rope ensure they are large loops. Reply Rachel Dawson on June 6, 2022 at 10:16 am A few tips and tricks of what not to do that I always use while lunging while training any horse especially young horses… 1. Don’t Rush through lunging – Take time to know what your horse is thinking and how they are feeling… you can fix and ruin a lot during a lunging session. 2. Don’t set a time limit make sure you have lots of time when training your horse… 3. Make sure not tip toe around let your horse know where you are and what your about. 4. Don’t skip rest sessions, where you allow your horse time to show the 5 signs of relaxing and thinking that way you know they are taking in what you are teaching them… Reply Theresa Heinrichs on June 13, 2022 at 9:33 pm If lunging in an open arena, a risk is the horse getting strong and pulling away from the handler (risk to horse and handler). To reduce the risk of injury, wear gloves while lunging and stay in a protective stance (your legs slightly staggered) to ensure you don’t get pulled over/ loss your balance. Reply Rachel Dawson on July 26, 2022 at 6:45 am Whip positioning is very important in making sure you give the correct cues and you aren’t confusing your horse, also learning how to be coordinated while handling the rope and the whip simultaneously is very important for safety of both you and the horse and a rider if you are lunging a rider Reply Rachel on August 16, 2022 at 4:27 am Good advice, stay in a triangle with the horse’s position so she doesn’t get worried about you being in front, and doesn’t kick out if you’re behind. Make sure you fold the lunge instead of wrapping it around your hands, so you don’t get pulled or tangled. Reply Caitlin on August 16, 2022 at 10:10 am Knowing where you are applying pressure to the horse through your body position is the number one most important thing for lunging to be clear and safe for you and your horse. stepping ahead of the horse puts pressure on their front which can cause them to stop, spin ect but we also dont want to be standing any further behind them than their shoulder/ ribs as they may read the pressure and run away from it, and lose connection with us. Reply Giorgia on September 3, 2022 at 3:50 am Using the correctly fitted lunging tack for your horse is essential for their comfort and safety. Correct use of lunge rain and whip is important for lunge’s. Ensuring the lunger is wearing the appropriate clothing and gear is essential to minimise risk of injury. The lunging body position has a great influence on the horses willingness to go forward calmly. Reply sue on October 20, 2022 at 8:27 am being in the wrong position can lead to being kicked or horse could rear on you Reply Carla Duck on March 22, 2023 at 4:27 am This is a really good refresher video. It has reminded me to always wear gloves, they’re easily forgotten. Reply Nichole on October 4, 2023 at 9:33 am The correct body position is important, always remember to stay in the triangle as getting too far in front or behind is not safe, been too far behind could result in a kick from the horse. Reply LS on November 12, 2023 at 4:17 am Great tips. Like others have said, to minimise risk, I would be folding the lungerope (not looping). I would also be beneficial to have included footage of a full visual of you with a horse – even better would be an arial view or diagram of the triangle shape you are making. Some drone footage from above would greatly enhance this video. Reply Elizabeth on November 22, 2023 at 2:27 am These are good ideas which would definitely improve the video. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.