Gymnastic Groundwork Series Part 6
This final instalment in this series is all about lunging using my Around a Round Pen technique. To demonstrate this, I’m working with my QH Freckles.
Lunging is a great way to give your horse more space to move and to teach him how to stay balanced and calm on a circle and in higher paces without the added challenge of carrying a rider. But, we want to train it in a way that the horse enjoys.
Often, horses have had negative experiences with lunging and are afraid of being chased, running round in circles or turning in. This is a great technique to re-train it as well as to introduce it to green horses.
You’ll see how I use this set-up to easily teach the horse about going on a circle around me while staying relaxed and connected, meaning that Freckles is listening to me. I can then train voice cues, transitions and work on balance changes quietly and happily.
This is all trained using a marker (clicker training) and I reinforce Freckles with food rewards. Throughout my training, I’m looking for emotional joy, physical balance and strong communication between us, which is what Connection Training is all about 🙂
Watch the full Gymnastic Groundwork Demo series here:
P6: Lunging Around A Round Pen
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