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.
I love liberty work with horses.
I feel deeply touched and get goosebumps when a horse follows me in an open field, full of opportunities to run away.
Advanteges of a cavesson with metal fitting 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 this video, Teresa explains...
Many horses have difficulties with letting go, activating back muscles, bending correctly or moving supple.
The most important requirement for a good and correct movement pattern is suppleness. Horses that are tense, nervous or afraid will always move in a rather bad manner. Note: We define suppleness in the horse when he is physically and mentally relaxed and enjoys the...
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...
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.
Today I address two basic questions in my Lungeing Course:• How long should a training session be? • How often should you work on the lunge?
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.
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.
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
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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Mastering healthy lungeing in a horse-friendly way with Babette Teschen
Does this sound familiar? Your horse is racing around you on the lunge without paying any attention to you, pulls away, or comes in all the time, or just stops and refuses all cooperation? You are trying to connect, but it is just so frustrating, and you are wondering if lungeing maybe is just not for you?
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