We all know how beneficial lunging can be, so I roped my friend in to lunging Cee for me…
I’m not a huge fan of lunging. I get all in a muddle with the whip and rope and to be honest, it makes me feel really dizzy. So I persuaded my lovely friend that she wanted to spend her Friday night lunging my pony for me. That’s true love!
Jo is also generally much braver than me, which is useful as Cyryl likes to find any excuse to “play up” on the lunge. I think he does it to amuse himself, but it doesn’t amuse me.
We had a 20 minute session, walk trot and canter on both reins. He was pretty voice responsive, especially considering that he’s not that used to Jo’s voice. However, he did leap in to canter and throw in a couple of bucks for extra measure when we got after him to go forwards. Naughty boy!
We used a roller with side-reins, although I’m not sure how effective they are. I feel like they either don’t do anything, or they force the horse’s head down in to a false outline, which is not going to work the back properly.
I think I may investigate those elastic bungee tools for lunging, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know!