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  • LongLining

    How many of you long line or double lunge with long lines? I have been doing this for a few years and think it is a great way to get a horse fit again going in straight lines and staying off a small lunge circle, especially if rehabbing an out of shape horse. I have also used with young green horses.

    I like it for teaching them good self carriage, learning to use their hind end and half halts. Does anyone else use it as a training technique?

  • #2
    I have done it with all my youngsters just as a 'fun' thing to do!
    It's way better than longing for babies and it teaches them to start, stop & steer as well as really focusing on the handler.

    I had so much fun with the first horse I ever long-lined, that he ended up pulling our cutter around in his 2 and 3 yr old winters. FUN!

    Just yesterday I long-lined my ConnemaraX.
    We are very out of practice...it's been a couple of years for him.
    However, he is a clever little guy and we managed to do some nice direction changes at the trot.
    It is a nice change from going in circles and longing and it keeps the handler fit!


    • #3
      I use it (almost) every day as a warm up, and certainly as a progressive way of training a youngster/re-training. The schooling progresses from lungeing (as youngsters) with side reins (to the caveson/then the bit). Then they learn to drive/halt/turn/change gaits. Then they are ridden. Later on in their training they work on lateral work/piaffe/etc on long lines as well. Ideally they always have a good surcingle (with a crupper and standing rings as well as many levels of D's). However, it takes years of work to develop skills for ease of work and knowing the if/thens which can happen.
      I.D.E.A. yoda


      • #4
        I use it with my mare instead of lunging as she does better with the outside contact. But with her, I generally do not need to lunge or long line her prior to riding, so I do it as a workout on days I don't plan to ride. I like being able to switch directions more frequently, as well as the ability to go straight, steer over a small fence (with no standards)...

        I just use a halter and two lines though. The outside line I run behind her butt, the inside goes directly to my hand. Her mouth is very sensitive, so using a bit is a disaster with her. I like being able to have an opening inside rein as well because it is more clear to her, and less forceful.


        • #5
          once or twice a week...all horses should do this IMO...wonderful way to work a horse.


          • #6
            I do it, and love it, but i am not very good at it . i can do the basics, but not much else. There will be a long lining clinic in my area this year (Finally!!!), so hopefully i will learn a thing or two.


            • #7
              ride-n-tx, can you give some info on this clinic? i'm in austin, and this is something i'm interested in learning more about. thanks!


              • #8
                I am near Austin, I would like to hear about it too, if it is nearby.
                "I reject your reality and substitute my own" Adam Savage--Mythbusters


                • #9
                  Ida Anderson is doing a Long Lining clinic at Canaan Ranch in Fulshear, TX (outside of Houston), Jan 26-7.

                  See the Houston Dressage Society webiste or www.canaanranch.net for more information.

                  Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation


                  • #10
                    its the best way to start babies off - getting them to understand basicc commands going forwards and straight and balanced in time also gives them a nice outline which all falls over into ridden work -so half your battle is won


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by J-Lu View Post
                      Ida Anderson is doing a Long Lining clinic at Canaan Ranch in Fulshear, TX (outside of Houston), Jan 26-7.

                      See the Houston Dressage Society webiste or www.canaanranch.net for more information.

                      Thanks J-Lu, that is the one i was referring to. Let me know if any of you are going!


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ride-n-tx View Post
                        Thanks J-Lu, that is the one i was referring to. Let me know if any of you are going!
                        I'll be out of town, (it figures), but my horse will be there observing...
                        Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation


                        • #13
                          I'm going to the longlining clinic in Houston. At least I think I am - I sent a check and so far it hasn't been cashed - but no one has told me it's full, either!

                          I signed up both of my coming three year olds. It may be _interesting_ to say the least!

                          They both have been longlined, but only in the round pen. I have longlined most of my youngsters, but am totally self-taught and mainly have done it to get the 'steering' and 'brakes' down before starting under saddle.

                          Hopefully we will learn a lot!
                          Donerail Farm


                          • #14
                            I am learning to - just barely starting to try/understand lateral work this way. It is a terrific tool for me to feel through my back and core (as well as a good workout). I try and do it once a week, then hop on bareback and "feel" as if I were long lining.

                            We use a surcingle and bridle and I use my muck boots. I will use the arena and do circles, serpentines, change of bend, halts (we can only do walk and trot, a few times canter), or go up and down small hills.

                            It's a nice change for him, as well as for me. I am very happy to be gaining this training tool for my "arsenal."
                            a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues


                            • #15
                              My trainer and I use this on ALL young horses well before they are ridden.

                              It is a tool I could not live without! It is always a great refresher to let the horse work thru things on his own, and teach new things, as well.

                              "If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else."


                              • #16
                                Long lining- and double longeing- are two of the best tools you will ever learn to use.

                                All of my young, and remedial, horses start off this way, and I continue- well, forever. There is almost nothing you can't teach- or fix- in long lines.

                                In addition, being able to SHOW a student "THIS is what YOUR hands are doing" seperate from them sitting upon the beasts back, is a fabulous gift. In the years that I taught (when dinosaurs roamed the Earth) I had more students with light bulb moments as they lined a horse than I can possbly remember doing almost anything else.

                                If you don't know how already, find someone who can teach you!
                                When someone shows you who they are, BELIEVE them- Maya Angelou


                                • #17
                                  I start all my youngsters in long lines and double lunge also. I think it is essential in their education. I'll take them for walks around the farm and down trails also.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    I was at a stallion show in Germany back around 2000. I watched Cord Meiners long line Don Gregory (Donnerhall son) through the entire Grand Prix test. Perfect one tempis, perfect P&P, perfect canter Pir. It was incredible. Cord cued Don Gregory for the one tempis by pressing on his butt on the side he wanted him to change. He was up close and personal to the stallion's haunches during this part. Talk about total trust! It was incredible!


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by ltw View Post
                                      I was at a stallion show in Germany back around 2000. I watched Cord Meiners long line Don Gregory (Donnerhall son) through the entire Grand Prix test. Perfect one tempis, perfect P&P, perfect canter Pir. It was incredible. Cord cued Don Gregory for the one tempis by pressing on his butt on the side he wanted him to change. He was up close and personal to the stallion's haunches during this part. Talk about total trust! It was incredible!
                                      Wow! I would have loved to see that! I got goosebumps just imagining!
                                      Hoppe, Hoppe, Reiter...
                                      Wenn er faellt dann schreit er...

                                      Originally posted by mbm
                                      forward is like love - you can never have enough


                                      • #20
                                        I saw the Lippizan stallions (the _real_ ones ) when they came a few years ago and one of the riders longlined one of the guys through one tempi changes, half pass - probably much like what ltw saw with Don Gregory. It was simply amazing! The thing that struck me is that the guy was _walking_ but the horse was cantering!
                                        Donerail Farm