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Garpur was born in 2007 and came to me in 2013. Many Icelandic horses have the fairly high body tension necessary for tölt and pace, and so we often had a problem with relaxation
I have always liked lungeing my horses and have tried to make it as varied as possible for them. It was a lucky coincidence that I heard about Babette and her Course in Lungeing around 4 years ago.
Here is how to fit a cavesson correctly. Put the cavesson on the horse and adjust first for correct length…
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.
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.
Written bei Carla.
I am the student this weekend. I am deepening my knowledge of a work that I have studied and practiced for 20 years but as always, there is always more to learn. 🙂
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.
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...
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...
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....
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...
By Alina Hello friends, This is Moonlight, born in 2006. Here is our story and how the Lunging Course changed our life. How it all began Let’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...
This deserves HUGE praise at any rate! Well structured, easy to understand and formulated to hit the nail on the head, VERY good strongly expressive photos and also so positively and warm-heartedly described – tremendously motivating!!! Anette Kascor
A really excellent course. Interesting for me, as a trainer, to read, as the course confirmed my determination to continue my opposition to the thankless business of lungeing on a bit and the tying up and packaging of horses with sidereins etc. and to continue to explain to people why. Through the course I have learnt many more good reasons for my opinion – to the benefit of horses – thank you so much!!! Karolin Evers
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"Jetzt wird gymnastiziert" from "Mein Pferd"
Thank you for your wonderful work. I am busy every day with your new course and my horses are grateful for it. I find the new explanations sooooo helpful!! A lot of the connections have really fitted into place now, which they hadn’t before. My ability to see things has really improved as aresult. THANKS!!! Claudia
I wrote to you a few months ago about my worries about my old riding pony mare with the bad back. In the meantime she is pulling a carriage again after months of preparation work on the lunge and the double lunge. She has acquired back muscles and for the first time in her life (she is nearly 18) understood what it means to produce supple, straight, and energetic movement. (I have also understood it, thanks to your Lungeing Course). The owner of the stables (who is also breaking her in to driving) looks at us rather in surprise when I lunge her in the riding arena and call “goooood girl” when she tries to bend and extend her neck or when I trot along side her instead of standing in the middle of the circle, but since I have more or less regularly worked according to the lungeing course I really have a new horse. Once again, many thanks for that! All best wishes!
Your book and your videos, as far as I have seen from my totally fascinating look at them so far, are just what most friends of the horse really need and what really serves the needs of the horse too. Your directions are something that someone who really goes into them, reading, looking, has patience and the will to do it, can work from well or rather really well. I hope that it is going to be as successful for me too ? And what I am really taken with, is the fact that you really properly explain, in a way that is really easy to understand, why it is, or indeed is not, good for the horse with both positive and negative examples that are presented in a way that is very easy to interpret. Where else can one find something like this? Helga Raschke
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"Zu Recht gebogen" from Cavallo
The course has really become excellent, successful in every respect – once again, many congratulations! It seems to me that one can really work well with it, even when one has to work alone – you really have a talent for setting it all out in small steps and explaining it all clearly and understandably. And I like all the pictures! They are also tremendously enlightening, but some of them are just simply lovely – how beautifully horses can move! I wish you both all the best with it and hope that the course has a really serious impact!All best wishes, Udine
I just wanted to say thank you very much for this great project and that I am going to devote myself to the re-worked reading matter as quickly as I possibly can as the first lunging course has already made a definite improvement in my horse. Unfortunately she has health problems in the saddle area (osteophytes on the body of the vertebrae) so that it became very difficult to use riding methods toachieve a good lengthwise bend and to raise the inner shoulder. In the meantime, it’s working pretty well, thanks to your work!Warmest best wishes, Gabriele Bellin
I am really taken with the re-worked version of your lungeing course! It covers exactly the problems that I have experienced. I have to confess to being a newcomer to lungeing. The first hurdle it posed for me was indeed how to deal with the whip and the lunge line – quite apart from position and bend 😉 The demonstration in the new videos is much much clearer. I have got to go and try it out with my horse right away. Do keep doing more. I am telling everyone how brilliant your written work is and how much trouble you have taken with it and I hope that lots and lots of other horse people are going to buy it. Yours sincerely, Anke and Täschi
I have been absolutely buried in the comprehensive new lungeing course. It is really a super piece of work! Such good explanations and all the many illustrative photos with the drawn-on indicators that really clearly back up the explanation! You can really work with this e-book on your own without having any worries that you might be making some serious mistake. A really good addition is the exact description and drawing on the theme of the “Language of the Stick”. And I’ve been able to look at the films in the Media Library too: very nice examples that really make some things clearer still. And the finishing touch: Health Spa Treatments for Horses! I have just tried them out and my horse sends warmest best wishes with a happy sigh and hanging lips! Many thanks again for this wonderful lungeing course! All best wishes, Ulrike Steigerwald
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"Longieren per Download" from "Pferdemarkt
Thank you so much for the course! And thank you so much for the comprehensive and painstaking pulling together of all your material. I had feared that perhaps there scarcely were any other horse lovers that were really interested in lungeing properly. I have tried for years to go on courses given by various trainers to get my horse to lunge properly and in a way which suits its make up and not just “send it round in circles”. Even with renowned trainers I did not find what your course offers – as it is normally the case that the best people do not want to give away their specialist knowledge. At least, that has been my experience up to now. Many thanks and all best wishes,Kathy Asmuß
I have recently bought your online Lungeing Course and would like to thank you and Mrs Konnerth very much for your excellent and careful work. One feels how much of your life’s blood you have invested in the project and I do wish I lived near you and could meet you personally and get the benefit of your knowledge and ability – not least for the good of my horse. Your method of writing is excellent and easy to understand, even for beginners like me – yourLungeing Course suits me more than all the books and DVDs that I have tried to study on the subject so far, and which I had to shelve as they did not suit us or went completely over my head. Many many thanks for it! Victoria