On the spur of the moment I joined my first lungeing clinic with Babette. It was so exciting and emotional. What I saw was a completely different way of working with horses.
The activation of the hind end is a very important building block that should be incorporated into our training early on.
In order to bend along the whole spine the horse needs a flexible poll which can bend to the inside.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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Thorough information about the anatomical interrelations you need to know for lungeing
Practical explanations and exercises for teaching your horse correct movement on a circle from the beginning
Concrete help and ideas for solving frequently encountered problems
Extended exercises and ideas for intermediates
Bonus: Many extras about physiotherapy and acupressure in connection with the Lungeing Course
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