LUNGING or LONG LINE REINING the HORSE WHICH IS BEST FOR THE HORSE NOT THE HUMAN?
1- let your horse to smell the lines as long as needed (the time to be used to long line is different on horses).
2-the horse should not be afraid of the long lines for a good start.
3-when the long line goes around the legs for the first time the horse starts to kick with both legs this is normal and you should let the horse to kick as much as he likes so after some time he will not kick at all and the line around the legs is normal for him.
always finish on a good ground do not rush at all.
DO NOT FORGET THE STEP BACKWARD AFTER GOING IN STRAIGHT LINE ON WALK (A STEP BACK AND RELEASE OF PRESSURE (THE RELEASE OF PRESSURE IS THE BEST REWARD AND AUTOMATICALLY WHEN THE HORSE PUTS ONE STEP TO THE BACK THE PRESSURE IS RELEASED.
Make turns with the long line .
make circle with the long line and change the direction(before any change in direction dont forget the step backwards this is Important.
wish you all the best.
Single line longeing puts the horse OFF BALANCE with his SPINE in a COUNTER ARC.
A LOSE HORSE moving naturally is BALANCED and moves in a natural arc.
The LONG LINES ARE BALANCED AND THE HORSE IS MOVING AS HE WOULD NATURALLY.
Monty Roberts Points:
1- Do not single line lounge your horse.
2- Single line longeing:
Throws the horse off balance.
Causes the horse to cross canter.
Damages ligaments,tendons and muscle.
Lunging horses is totally wrong , Lunging puts the horse off balance (HORSE LOSSES THE BALANCE FROM TAIL TO THE SPINE AND FINALLY THE NECK AND ALL THE WAY TO THE MUZZLE IN ONE WORD HORSE LOSSES THE BALANCE FROM TAIL TO MUZZLE.
The best and most schooling or training from the GROUND is LONG LINING AND YOU SHOULD ALWAYS TRAIN (%80) OF YOUR WORK ON A HORSE BY WALK ONLY.
WALK BUILDS THE HORSE FOR ALL THE THINGS YOU ASK FOR.
Long lining is very simple if you do it on walk only (the benefit of WALK is you can control the horse easily specially for some one without the experience of long lining.
The benefit of long lining it makes the horse to move and walk in a COLLECTION this is very crucial that horse moves in collection.
When you long line a horse for the first time he or her resists and starts to buck because of the BUT ROPE (THE ROPE WHICH IS THE OUTER ONE AND COMES AROUND THE HIND ABOVE THE HOCK) BUT SOON THE BUCKING WILL STOP THE AMOUNT OF BUCKING IS DIFFERENT IN HORSES.
BUCKING has a good reason for the horse (The horse has to change the way which he or she has moved from birth until now, with long lining for the first time you are changing the movement of the total body of the horse you are asking for a change even in the behavior of the horse and this needs a great deal of change).
Long lining a horse for the first time must be stop when the bucking has stopped in other words you have done a great deal of work and you have finished on a positive ground (finishing on a positive ground is important ).
For example if you long line your horse for the first time and he starts to buck and lets say he buck for 5 minutes and he stops bucking and starts to walk this is the best starting session for the day and start the 2nd session the next day.
The length of time is not important the quality of good work and finishing on positive ground is important.
For example with long lining you can train the horse on WALK ONLY but with one line lunging you can not control the horse and mostly start with TROTTING ,CANTERING OR GALLOP which is negative.
With long lining you can do the step to the back but with one line lunging you can not make the horse to step back (the step back is very crucial in training horses).
I hope I have not missed anything but if there is anything which is up to my knowledge I will be glad to answer.
One other thing which is very much important with long lining and horse walking in a collection, horse brings the HINDS UNDER (THIS MEANS HORSE PUTS THE PRESSURE ON THE MAIN SOURCE OF THE POWER WHICH ARE THE LEGS AND USES THE HANDS FOR CHANGING THE DIRECTION AND YOU WILL NOTICE THIS WHEN YOUR HORSE IS GOING DOWN HILL).
Horses which are not using the HINDS as the main source of the power when they go down hill you feel with each step the fork of your saddle will punch you right between your legs but horses which use the hinds as the main power you feel nothing and all the movement is very smooth.
One of the important benefits of long lining is :
Long Lining brings the Horse on the Hinds and Horse will learn the main power or the source of the power are the Hinds the Hands are for changing the direction.Most of the Horses that have Hand problem it is because of this that they are not walking on Hinds and they put more pressure on the Hands especially on jumping.
The but rope and the pressure on the nose (Horse Head) makes the Horse to bring the Hinds under .The other benefit of the Long Lining is it makes the Horse to walk in COLLECTION.
Horse walking in COLLECTION this is crucial too.
All horses when they are single line lunged the keep their head slightly out from the circle this is general with all horses in single lunging.
All horses when they are long lining (2 line) the keep their head slightly inward the circle this is general with all horses in long lining (2 line each going inside the stirrup).
When a horse is free of any rope circling in a round pen you will see his head is slightly inside of the circle so his neck and his poll , it is the same when a rider is circling a horse his head , neck and his poll are towards the inside of the circle now we come to the main point that when a horse is circling the inside hand will go first for Example if we are circling to the left the left hand of the horse will go first then his outer hand (the right hand) and when we are circling to the right the right hand will pick up first and go first therefore in any direction the hand which is inside the circle will be picked and go first. this is good for the balance of the horse and in riding the rider has the corporative of the horses body horse can react fully to the riders action and ability to control.
Imagine if all I said will be in opposite the neck the poll the head and the hand and the horses axis what will happen nothing is in the control of the horse and if the rider is on then it will be a disaster just Imagine for one second.
What I mean by lunging is single line attached to the horse head either on the top of his/her nose or under his/her chin no matter the main point is the single line lunging which the lunger has no control what so ever over the horse especially if the horse is green or the horse has not come out for some time and has more energy than the horse which comes out every day this kind of horse will use most of his/her energy in the first moment when he/she strikes out I think anyone can imagine what I am saying.
Let me ask you some simple questions if you do not mind:
1- How do you stop a horse on single line?
2- How do you take a step back (rein back a horse) on a single line?
3- How do you do the figure 8 on a single line?
4- How do you correct the inside Hand of the horse on a single line?
5- How do you change direction on a single line?
6- How do you make the horse to stand still for a moment to relax on a single line?
7- How do you make a horse to walk on a collection with a single line?
8- How do you make a horse to bring his/her hinds under?
9- How do you make a horse to go on walk only or trot only or canter only on a single line?
10- How do you train a young Horse without any physical damage to the hands and hinds on a single line?
These are the very crucial thing that a trainer must do especially with a young horse.
Please can you answer these question for me I will be honored.
For example :
x = Human
( = Horse , this is a positive and correct body positioning and no damage to the horses spine.
) = Horse Which has wrong body position because of single line lunging the reason for that is single line lunging puts the horse off balance and this will damage the spine for the rest of the creatures life.
When we single line lunge (especially the single rope is attached on the top of the nose the position of the horse to the x which is the lunger is :
X -------------------------------------------------------------- (
This diagram I hope explain what I am talking about I hope.
The horse on a single line lunge will look like this < ( > towards the lunger.
The horse body his inside ear closer to the lunger his Muzzle out his Spine is in a arc position like the < ( > his hands unbalanced his Hinds unbalanced .
Because of all in the above the single line lunging puts the horse off balance.
The Horse with 2 long line reining is:
The two long line reining The Horse
In 2 long line reining the horse moves naturally and balanced and his/her spine in a arc like this ).
Even the loose horse in a round pen when going in a circle is like the above and moves naturally and balanced and his/her spine in a arc like this ).
There for if we have no control over something and horse has all the controls why we do it then what is the purpose of doing something like that.
Long line (2 lines) reining it is more likely like a remote riding with no rider on the horse and the main thing is the hind rope (the but rope) this is more effective this is where you put the horse on walking on collection until you don't teach a horse to go on collection the horse will not learn and many of the hand injuries are from the horse not on collection.
You experience this when your horse is going Down Hill , how do you feel up there when your horse is going down hill?
You can stop a horse with 2 line when ever you want.
You can make the horse to step back when ever you want.
You can go from walk to trot and more when ever you want and many other things.
One of the most important reasons of all is the single line lunging puts the horse off balance as I said in the previous post this is the most important reasons of all that I am against single line lunging.
The other reasons come after the main one .
If it is so and you do everything with your voice and the horse is in your command and does everything by your voice why you put the single rope on the horse head in the first place in other words just put your horse on lunge with no rope on.
One line lunging:
We can not ignore the weight of the line which the horse is carrying on one side of his/her body therefor the weight of the line unbalances the horse it pulls the horse head inside and at the same time horse wants to travel equal on both sides thats why the horse inside ear is closer to you than his/her nose.
If the lunger pull the line more weight will be on the single line and it will put the horse more in to a unbalanced position , because of this the horse neck and poll is not relaxed in this way.
All what I said in this post and previous ones it will put the horse muscles and skeleton in a bad position and it will damage them all in this way horse will put more pressure on the outside hind and the inside hand this will damage some important ligaments,tendons and muscles especially in young horses it will end in physiological damages.
When you loss such a horse which has traveled in this manner (single line lunging) he/she will travel in the same manner by its own and it will end in back problems.
I am not against Lunging I am against single line lunging.
Some people when they are in a round pen they still use a single line attached to the horse head it is better to loss the horse and try to lunge without the single line.
You always talk about I do this and that with my horse I am saying when you put a horse for the first time on a single lunge the horse will not obey you at all.
Horses that obey you by your words they are the ones that you have used words with stimuli after some time the word has the reaction of the stimuli but from the beginning if you just say WHOA the horse will not understand that he has to stop but if you use it for some time the word and the stimuli then the word will have the meaning of that particular stimuli (Pavlov the Russian professor).
I have seen people when they are frightened or the horse is showing too much energy because they are not either capable or they are afraid they single line lunge the horse so the poor horse will get tired and losses his energy then they ride him this happens especially on stallions and because the horse is starting with a lot of energy at the beginning the horse will harm himself.
The first few minutes are very crucial because the horse has lots of energy and he will put it all in action in the starting point of single line lunging this is the moment when all the harm is done.
This post is not finished it needs more work to do so please if you see any mistakes or things written so many times please forgive me.