Learning To Lunge A Horse

Learning To Lunge A Horse


Lunging a horse is one of the best skills you can learn as a rider. Being able to work your horse in circles without the help of an additional person will make you feel like you are controlling the movement of the horse with just your body language. This is possible because when lunging, all of your attention is focused on your horse, and therefore, you have no choice but to become attuned to his reactions so that you can alter your own posture accordingly. In this article we will break down everything from how to choose equipment for lunging, to what exactly lunging is and how it works, and finally we will go over some steps for successfully teaching both yourself and your horse how to lunge.

What is Lunging?

Lunging is a process of teaching a horse to walk in circles and work within a small space. The purpose of lunging is to help you build up muscle tone in your horse’s muscles, improve balance and coordination, and strengthen the shoulder muscles. It’s also beneficial for your horse because it helps him stretch out his legs and strengthen the back end of his body.

Lunging can be used as part of training for barrel racing or other events that require quick stops and turns, but it’s most commonly used to teach young horses how to move with their riders. Longeing helps your horse learn how to respond correctly when asked for footwork or transitions from walk to trot or canter without feeling rushed or panicked about being led by someone on foot behind him; this skill will benefit both rider and mount once they’re able to ride together in an enclosed area like an arena where there are no obstacles surrounding them (like they would find while working around barrels).

Lunging Equipment

  • Lunge Line
  • Halter
  • Bridle
  • Bridle Reins (or Lead Reins)
  • Headcollar
  • Headcollar Rein(s) (or Noseband Rein)

Steps for Lunging a Horse

To lunge a horse, first create a safe environment for the horse to be in. This includes making sure there are no other animals around or anything that might cause the horse to get distracted.

You will want to start by putting on your lunge cavesson and attaching it to the halter with snap hooks. You will also need some sort of lead rope or lunge line attached at one end so that you can grab it if necessary. Once everything is set up and ready, stand behind the horse and have him face away from you as much as possible (you should be able to see his side). If he is not facing away from you then turn him around until he does so safely without placing yourself in danger or running into anything while doing so (remember: always keep an eye on what’s going on around you).

When lunging a horse, make sure that they stay calm throughout all of this activity; this means making sure not only that their eyes aren’t rolling but also that they don’t try anything silly while being led around by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing!

Starting Your Horse

It is important to start with a horse that is not spooky, bucker, kicker or biter. A good place to find such horses is at a local riding school. If you cannot find a suitable horse at your local riding school, consider purchasing one from a reputable breeder or from the Internet.

A horse will be easier to lunge if he or she has been trained for it. When beginning the process of learning how to lunge your horse, ensure that he or she has been trained for basic movements and commands like “walk”, “trot” and “canter”.

Ten Minutes of Lunging

Lunging is a great way to get your horse moving, and to condition his muscles. It’s also an excellent way for you and your horse to bond.

Determine how long each period of lunging should last. If you’re just learning how to lunge, it’s probably best not to start with more than 10 minutes at a time—and even that might be too much if you’re just getting started! Once you’ve become more familiar with lunging and your horse has gotten used to it, however, feel free increase the amount of time spent lunging in each session beyond 10 minutes per session if that feels right for both of you.

Once all three are secured properly (see “How To Lunge A Horse” below), open the gate or stall door so that it is wide enough for your horse but not so wide as to encourage him into any unwanted behavior such as knocking over barrels or jumping fences when he isn’t ready yet

Three to Four Months Later

After three to four months of consistent work, you should be able to lunge your horse for 10 minutes without any issues. You may want to increase the length of time you can lunge your horse by five minutes every two weeks.

When this becomes easy, start adding some trotting work into the equation. This will help build up strength in your legs and back, as well as improve coordination between you and your horse’s front end.

Eight to Twelve Months Later

After eight to twelve months you will be able to lunge your horse in a straight line, circle, serpentine pattern, and figure 8.

Eighteen Months Later and Beyond

You should be able to lunge your horse without a halter, lead rope, or whip. You should be able to teach your horse to both stand still and walk forward on command. If you can do that, congratulations! You know how to lunge a horse!

Once you have mastered your body language, you will be able to control your horse with the flick of a finger!

Once you have mastered your body language and voice, you will be able to control your horse with a flick of a finger. The first step is to look at the ground while walking around the horse—this will help him get used to seeing you around him without being startled by sudden movements. Next, take hold of his halter and gently pull it toward yourself; this will make him lower his head slightly so that he can smell and recognize you better. Now hold up one hand parallel to the ground as if waving at someone far away—this indicates that you would like for them (in this case, your horse) to come towards you or go in any direction that’s convenient for them! You can also use this gesture when asking them questions such as “Where did I leave my keys?” or “Which way should we go?”


Once you have mastered your body language, you will be able to control your horse with the flick of a finger!

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