first of all, if your horse is charging round so fast that he fell over, please stop trying to lunge him, before you or he get hurt. It sound to me like he doesn't understand your voice commands or what you're asking him to do. You could try longlining him in walk and trot with someone walking next to him, until he understands what you're asking. Longlining is far easier on a horse, though it does require some running from the handler. From longlinging, once he understands your commands, you could progress to lunging with two lines. This gives you more control over speed. To lunge with two lines, clip a line to each side of his bit, then pass the outside line through his stirrup. Make sure the stirrup is fixed to the girth with s trap or you will just pull the stirrup about. Pass the line round your horses bum so that when you are stood in lunging position you have one line in each hand. This will, in effect give you two long reins so that you have more contrul over his pace. It also gives you an outside rein so you can stop your horse turning into the circle. Try with someone walking next to him until he gets the hang of it.Once he's learnt what you are asking, you should be able to remove the outside rein and lunge normally, though personally I prefer to two rein method anyway.
11 February 2009 05:17