Forward Down Posture

Forward Down Posture

We differentiate between three positions: forward down, working frame and collection. Suppleness is most important at first, so we usually shift between forward down and a working frame during lungeing. Advanced horses can be worked in collection on the lunge but should often get the opportunity to stretch and relax.

Lungeing FAQ’s: Problems During Leading in Position 

Lungeing FAQ’s: Problems During Leading in Position 

Q: What do I do if the correct head and body position falls apart once I increase the distance to the horse? I have been working on leading in position as per your lungeing course for some time now and it seems to be going well. However, every time I increase the distance to my horse and lose the contact to the cavesson, she loses the correct leading in position. Should I disregard it and continue leading with the cavesson?A: Correct leading in position is an exercise that poses the following...

Shoulders in Balance

Shoulders in Balance

Every horse has a natural crookedness and is therefore never fully balanced. This crookedness causes the horse to lean into the circle on one hand and move in a tilted position. Through targeted training we help our horses develop balanced shoulders.

Moving on a circle

Moving on a circle

A good way of moving is an essential precondition for the horse to develop the necessary strength for carrying a rider. That is true for a young horse as well as a mature animal.

In order to be successful, we need to understand the difficulties our horse faces when we start training it. In the wild a horse essentially moves only in straight lines. He may turn abruptly or change direction, but he never moves continuously on a curve or even a circle. 

Why use a cavesson at all?

Why use a cavesson at all?

Using a cavesson lets you achieve the poll position required for healthy work. Through bending at the poll and correct positioning of the head you can start working on the horse’s lateral bend.

In my experience, this is much less effective with other bitless bridles (like a halter). The cavesson has the advantage that you can work with the horse at a high gymnastic level without affecting the mouth.

Getting used to the cavesson

Getting used to the cavesson

Some horses need to get used to the tightly fitting cavesson. It is really important to take the time to familiarize the horse with the cavesson. Please don’t rush into this project by putting on the new cavesson tightly and immediately getting to work. 

A wonderful success report with the Course in Lungeing

A wonderful success report with the Course in Lungeing

The Lungeing Course for a Frantic Horse.
When ridden in the indoor or outside Pia got hot – that is, fast. Her only way out of not understanding was flight. Even after the lesson was finished and she was supposed to relax in walk, she got faster and faster. Then she started trotting, ever faster, until she ended up galloping. Without a tight rein, she could not be kept at the walk. The decision was made to sell her.

Lungeing course work with horses with health problems

Lungeing course work with horses with health problems

The question of whether the lungeing course work is suitable for horses with health problems is even harder to answer at long distance than that about old horses.  I would generally advise that you discuss any form of training of a horse with health problems with the vet in charge of treatment and with every illness that affects the horse’s ability to move with a physiotherapist as well. Do, however, explain the lungeing course work to them fully enough for them to get a picture of the kind of...

Lungeing course work with older horses

Lungeing course work with older horses

The owners of older horses often ask if they can work according to the lungeing course.  The question cannot be answered definitively as distance diagnosis is impossible to do and silly to try to do. This section should however give you a helping hand in deciding.  Do, however, consult your vet or other specialist as well. The most important thing is, however, to tune in to your horse and try to observe accurately whether this lungeing course work is too demanding for it.Those who rest, rust...

My Experience with the Lunging Course – Ann-Spohie and Paul

My Experience with the Lunging Course – Ann-Spohie and Paul

Paul is an 18-year-old Haflinger gelding who came to me in 2016. He was still very green then, and easily stressed. He was generally anxious and did not trust people. We got along well on the ground and in the saddle. Especially by training lateral movements he found better body awareness and confidence, and so he felt safer. His pronounced crookedness got better, and he began to trust people in general, but especially also the rider. Two years ago he began to feel less willing when ridden....

Thoughts on Horse-Oriented Training

Thoughts on Horse-Oriented Training

In order to be a good teacher for a horse, to be someone that horses want to work with on their own account we should make sure we ourselves are ready and provided with some particular characteristics and know the fundamental aspects of a training that is fair and appropriate for a horse These are the particular characteristics we need to provide ourselves with a love of horses elementary ground knowledge about horses, not only about their behaviour but also about their anatomy, psychology and...

Alina and Moonlight – a Testimonial for the Lunging Course

Alina and Moonlight – a Testimonial for the Lunging Course

By Alina Hello friends, This is Moonlight, born in 2006. Here is our story and how the Lungeing Course changed our life!How it all beganLet’s start at the beginning: Moonlight was born in Denmark. When she was five years old she was sent to Germany to be sold by a professional horse dealer. She did not like to be handled and was very shy. They tried to break her in, more or less. A family showed up, looking for ponies for their stable. They liked Mooni right away. They took her home to their...

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