From starveling to soulhorse – a lungeing course success story

From starveling to soulhorse – a lungeing course success story

By Lisa KittlerIn March of 2008 I came across an offer for a shared horse lease. I neither had the extra funds nor the time, as I was in the midst of high school teacher training. So why even consider this? Well, the magic word “Arabian” caught my eye… I have always been a great admirer of this breed, their grace, speed, and intelligence. I decided to meet this Anglo-Arabian mare, whom I aptly...

Evaluating the Basic Gaits

Evaluating the Basic Gaits

Before we start looking at the details of a specific horse’s way of moving, we need to take a look at the basic gaits - walk, trot, and canter. In order to be able to evaluate the basic gaits, one must know what they normally look like – in general, but also in the individual horse. Every gait in every horse looks a bit different due to the respective breed, conformation, age, training level,...

Lungeing FAQ’s: More Speed Creates Problems

Lungeing FAQ’s: More Speed Creates Problems

Q: My horse has learned to move with good balance in a relaxed manner, but as soon as I try to activate the hind end his good posture falls apart. Should I go back to just working at a slower speed?A: One of my guidelines is: “Only focus on one detail at a time” meaning if we are working on the activation of the hind end for instance, we need to accept that in the first training phase several...

Flexion at the Poll

Flexion at the Poll

No bend without flexion!  In order to bend along the whole spine the horse needs a flexible poll which can bend to the inside, as we can see here with Dalia:Note: No flexion - no bend!Fault #1: Overbending the neckInstead of correctly giving at the poll, many horses just overbend their neck to the inside, like you can see here with Dalia. She answers the signal from the lunge by overbending her...

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. Here Dalia is stretching perfectly into a forward down position at the trot:...

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...

Shoulders in Balance

Shoulders in Balance

Balanced shoulders are an important prerequisite for healthy movement on a circle. 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. The scales in the chestHere is a helpful image to judge the...

Lungeing FAQ’s: How long and how often?

Lungeing FAQ’s: How long and how often?

Today I address two basic questions in my Lungeing Course:• How long should a training session be? The length of time we lunge depends on several factors, for instance the horse’s age and condition. In a young horse about 15 minutes is sufficient. In a horse that lacks conditioning and just recently got back into training we mostly work in walk and slowly increase the training. For healthy...

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...

A Course in Lungeing – Franziska and Aska

A Course in Lungeing – Franziska and Aska

A Course in Lungeing - more than just running in a circle By Franziska 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 the video from Franziska and Aska on YoutubeFirst clinik with BabetteIn spring 2016 I took part in my very first course...

How to fit the cavesson

How to fit the cavesson

In my article „Why use a cavesson at all“ I explain why I recommend using a cavesson for lungeing. How to fit a cavesson correctlyPut the cavesson on the horse and adjust first for correct length. The nose piece should sit about 1 to 3 fingers’ width below the cheek bone. This is line A in green in the photo below. There still should be about 4 fingers’ width between the nose piece and the upper...

Why use a cavesson at all?

Why use a cavesson at all?

With a well-fitting and correctly adjusted cavesson you can exactly position and direct the horse’s head during lunging; even, after some preparation, at a great distance (see the Course in Lungeing).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...

Getting used to the cavesson

Getting used to the cavesson

Now you know why I recommend a cavesson for work on the lunge and which models are suitable for working with the Course in Lungeing. I also showed you how to adjust the cavesson correctly. 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...

A report by Deborah about the Course in Lungeing

A report by Deborah about the Course in Lungeing

We have another inspiring report about working with the Lungeing Course for you: The Story of Deborah and Garpur.  By Deborah WildeggerFoto von Emma Floßmann, Insta: magic_specially_momentsHere is the video of Deborah and Garpur’s Lungeing Course clinic on YouTube.Here is her report about the Course in LungeingGarpur was born in 2007 and came to me in 2013. Many Icelandic horses have the fairly...

A course report from Carla Bauchmueller

A course report from Carla Bauchmueller

Greetings from Germany. 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 clinic started on Friday night with a 4-hour lecture by a great horse woman, Babette Teschen. Let me try to put the essence of it into a few sentences. Lol. No, seriously, here is what this work is about in a...

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: Anne and her mare Pia By AnneClick here for the video of Anne and Pia Pia is my heart horse. I never thought I would own a horse until I met her. I have been riding for twenty years now, starting at age eleven. I took regular lessons at a riding school with a medium amount of fun and responsibility. Then came Pia. Her pretty name stands truly for “Pony In...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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