Glen Grobler wrote:
I don't know whether to laugh or cry!
AND has a search engine? RATS! I didn't notice that! I wouldn't have had ask a bunch of maybe unneccessary questions!
There's reasons for lunging horses? Oh!
I've only ever known it for "taking the edge off" an oatsy horse! RATS!
I thought you could only call it lunging if you were using the "proper" equipment in a "proper" arena i.e. caveson, lunge whip, lunge line, 20m round area, etc. Sigh!
Well, that'll teach me to jump in the deep end! Again!
I usually refer to it as 'circle' work, just to clarify that I don't use it to take the edge off a horse.
A couple of circles is usually all I'll do to wake the horse up, not wear him down. Like some easy movement to prepare for more strenuous exercise.
I do sometime, quite deliberately do Volte work, for a particular purpose. Dakota was, for instance, very left sided. Stiff but strong on the left, loose and flabby and weak on the right side.
He looked like he had been hit in the ribs by a truck.
So I did quite a bit of work on the right hand, that is stretching the left side and encouraging the right side to tighten up.
He's improved a little I'd say.
But his canter is onesided. Smoother on the left lead. A horror on the right.
Neither is that good really, after a couple of months of no work.
Circles can help with collection if done square up as was being discussed here recently about pecador.
Square circles rather than round ones.
We must seem strange to the non horse people.
We want our horses to go "straight" on a curved track, and when they look at us doing it, we have the horse's body curved to the arc of the track.
And we circle our horses into squares.
And we can't seem to land on one language to discuss Dressage. Not even horses in general, or riding them.
Lope - canter. Chestnut - Sorrel. Black horses that because they have a little brown on the underside are called "Brown," while a white horse with a few little brown specs is called a Fleabitten GREY.
We back our horses, not by making them go backwards, but by getting on top of them.
Yet we still say 'back' when we mean we back them up. "Ask your horse to back please."
We regular break our own rules, by calling a young horse of either sex a colt, when we know perfectly well that means a male while filly means a young female.
Heck we don't even use mare and horse correctly, the one being male, the other female.
I'm forever calling mares horses.
And the biggest hoax we pull on the non-horse set is this one:
You can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
Sure you can. Just don't give him water for awhile. And then take him to water. You'll have trouble making him NOT drink.
We are the funniest people, we are.
I think there is an odor given off by horses that is in fact an intoxicant that addles our brains, and makes us do the silliest things.
And apparently it takes years and years to wear off, and if you then come in contact again, you can be hooked in a few minutes.
Blasted horses anyway.
Now I'm shopping for a horse box (trailer to you Americans), I'm angling to get some tougher horses to train than Dakota (and he broke someone's back) so you KNOW I'm out of my head with Horse Perfume. I even hang my riding clothes in my bedroom.
I think it makes me sleep better.
Donald Redux, addict and quite happy with it.
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