Have you ever lunged with 2 long reins?
Wow. My YO demonstrated on Troy tonight then let me have a go.
Troy went so much better than when on a pessoa - lovely and long and low
Then changed the rein in trot and then...flying changes in canter
yeah we do a lot of it at work, my boss can get them to do everything so far i have managed, Traver, Ranver, Shoulder in, Half Pass, Leg Yield counter canter and hlaf walk pirroetts, put she can get them t passage and piaffe and everything on the long reins
I always use two lines to lunge, just using one usually means pulling their nose inwards, using two lines help to even up the communication making it much better for them to respond and work while being lunged.
Just a few more months and we will be fine RIP Rocky x 92 - 27/06/06 x Your hoofbeats have become the very rhythm of my heart
I often use two lines to lunge - it gives you far more flexibility than one line alone and is more like riding than lunging as you can feel the horse's mouth in the same way as riding. It is also particularly good for horses that are difficult to lunge on one line - as you are able to stop them turning in with the outside line, have more control over pace and able to half halt to slow them down or to encourage engagement, etc. It also means you are able to change the rein often without breaking the work by having to stop the horse between rein changes and enables you to go straight from lunging on a circle to long reining in a straight line so you are able to give the horse much more variety in a session than just lunging in circles.
I used to be a big lunger, preferring that to long reining. Until not long ago - as Lorraine explained lunging with 2 lines, doing this with Vinnie has really helped, keep him out, get used to a contact etc. Having only lunged him a couple of times i have been long reining alot more to get the same effect at this stage (still youngster)