Have heard so many different schools of thought on this so am interested on what others think. Uva is pretty good on the lunge so I now lunge off the headcollar underneath her bridle and it means any side reins/pessoa/training aid I do decide to use (very infrequently) there are no mixed signals on the bit.
When I lunged off a very padded lunge cavesson it moved around so much on uva's face it kept going into her eyes, and it couldnt go much tighter!!! Wonder if it was because it was so padded or if they do this!
Uva's old owner always lunged off the nearest bit ring, my old instructor threaded it through the bit over the head and clip to the furthest bit ring, and someone else showed me just through the bit and onto the furthest bit ring- confused as to which one is technically 'correct'!!
With a lunge caverson I lunge off the front ring. With a bridle I'll go through the bit ring and clip onto the other side, or through the bit ring, over the head and then clip on to the bit ring.
As far as doing exams go you don't lunge from the bit, you lunge from the caverson, the training aid connects to the bit.
The problem with lunging direct to the bit is if your horse does Pee off and the line gets caught your horse is more likely to break it's jaw. If you only clip to the closest bit ring your likely to pull the bit through the mouth.
Last edited by casper_cb; 16th July 2011 at 03:08 PM.
I only lunge with a Dually, brilliant it is, I don't like lunging from a bit, to much pulling if they wanted to have a fit.
Had considered this but if you look it up on the interenet its strongly advised you don't lunge on the training rings and you use the ring underneath, which is the same as a normal headcollar surely??? And then I like to have a bit in if I am using a training aid (loosely to help Uva accept a contact on the reins, not to force into an outline) TBH I long rein more than lunge now, but I do like to lunge to remove some of the fizz if she has had a couple of days off.
You learn something new everyday! whenever I've seen info on the dually it always said it was ok to lunge from the rope part, Obviously if they want to play up its going to add pressure but I've only had that happen once when he tried to bolt, I pulled him back and he stopped, never done it again.
But I agree about that not being any different to a head collar.
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Lots of different ways depends what horse im doing and what im trying to achieve, i rarely use lugne cavesons though they never ****** stay still even when you do have them on proerply, hate them
sometimes i go over the head sometimes under the chin and sometimes i go thought the bit ring and clip to the roller/girth and sometimes if im just having a lazy day or want the horse to just have a quick loosen off i will clip onto a headcollar instead
I lunge off a bridle as the lunge cavesson always moves on Oscar and ends up in his eye. I always thread it through nearest bit, under throatlash, over poll, under throatlash again and onto bit on far side. My theory is i wouldnt want to pull the bit through his mouth should he take off for any reason. x