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LUNGING

Lunging is a very useful training tool. When lunging a horse, the horse moves around the handler in a circle. The handler controls the horse by using aids that ask the horse to walk, trot at different tempo’s, and bend on a circle, while developing rhythm and balance. Aids include your voice, the lunge rope, a lunging whip and your body language. Lunging is a great stepping stone in teaching a horse to drive. The goal is to teach the horse to carry themselves naturally stretching their top line and reaching for the bit before you are asking them to pull or carry weight. Some additional equipment may be used.

Going around in a circle is much more difficult for a horse than moving in a straight line.  Also, the smaller the circle, the harder it is for him.  It is preferable to use as large a circle as possible with periods of walk to make it easier on the joints.

Lunging has so many uses;

  • Lunging is a great working tool to familiarize your equine with all the driving tack.
  • This is an excellent way to teach your horse the driving language needed later on in the training.
  • By lunging your horse, you are given the ability to watch it from the ground, so you can monitor its movement, soundness and natural frame.
  • This method helps to create a bond between handler and equine while developing a forward and confident moving animal.
  • You can lunge the horse to exercise him if you can’t ride or drive that day.
  • If you are injured, ill or on vacation a friend can exercise him to help maintain his fitness.
  • Once he is steady on the lunge you can develop stronger correct muscle which will secure a better balanced animal for the next stage of training.

Debbie Banfield is very proficient in all forms of ground work.  Her back ground in classical dressage has given her the knowledge needed to develop the horse gymnastically and with confidence.

LESSON IN GROUND WORK
$50.00 WITH YOUR HORSES

 


 
LONG LINING

Long lining or ground driving refers to driving your horse without a cart. Much of the carriage training is done in this phase before being hitched to a drag or the carriage.

  • Long lining prepares a young horse for under saddle or carriage work by teaching them how to accept contact through the bit while asking them to steer, stop, bend, and give.
  • Long lining can be also used as a tool to rehabilitate an injured horse, to instill confidence in a frightened horse or to continue the bond between horse and handler.
  •  Long lining gives you the freedom to change direction frequently and allow the horse to stretch from time to time by giving softly with the contact.
  • You have the ability to control the degree of engagement and the forward moment of the horse.
  • This tool is excellent in teaching the handler the proper contact with the hands. The feel is much the same when they actually start to drive the horse to the carriage.
  • Long lining is an excellent exercise when selecting the correct bit for the horse.  You can feel and see what the bit is doing and how the horse is reacting to it.

Debbie Banfield is very proficient in all forms of ground work.  Her back ground in classical dressage has given her the knowledge needed to develop the horse gymnastically and with confidence.

LESSON IN GROUND WORK
$50.00 WITH YOUR HORSES