If you want to work a horse this way, you will need lunging equipment. What equipment you use, will depend upon the age of the horse and what stage of training he is at.

So what do I need?


A cavason is similar to a head collar in appearance. It has rings fixed around the noseband and a central ring.

The line is fixed to a ring, and the horse is controlled in this manner.

Long line with swivel hook

Snaffle bridle

If you use a bridle, remember to take off the reins, as you only need the headpiece.

A wither pad if using a roller

A wither pad or numnah, is used for comfort and protection.

A crupper

A crupper stops the saddle from slipping forwards.

You usually see them used on small fat ponies that have backs like “tables”.

Donkeys are mostly ridden in a crupper.

A crupper has a padded, rounded loop that sits under the animal’s tail and the strap is attached to the back of the saddle.

A roller with attached breast girth, or a saddle with stirrups removed or made safe.

A long whip
A whip, which is very long with a tail.

Mouthing bit

Side reins

Protective boots for horse

Boots are used to protect the horse’s legs and help avoid injuries. Overreaching boots, do exactly that.

Overreaching occurs, when the hind shoe strikes into the heel of the foreleg (front leg).

Use well padded boots on the front and hind (back )legs for protection.

I remember the first I put tendon boots on my youngster, who at that time, had just turned four.

They were the Velcro type. I put them on him, in the stable and left him there for a short while.

When I returned, his front boots were nowhere to be seen. I found them tossed at the back of the stable, and could not understand why.

After brushing them down, I put them back on and stood there. Straight away, my cheeky youngster grabbed hold of the Velcro and pulled both boots off.

The only way I can avoid this, is to put them on just before I get on him. Yes! He is a lot older now and will still do it, if I let him.

Riding hat for protection

Surprisingly, not all people where a riding hat, when training a horse.

If you are working a fresh or young horse and something sets him off, he could start bucking and kicking out.

He can easily cut across the circle, come to a grinding halt and strike out a foreleg (front leg).

I have seen this happen a few times over the years and not all of them have been happy endings.

Riding gloves for grip

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How to work the horse.

What is it all about?

Changing direction.

Solving problems.

Using side reins.

Working without a line

Free lunging equipment – Protection and safety.

What you need to know.

How to work with a young horse

How to do it

Changing direction.

Long reining

Long reining equipment – When can I long rein?

What are the benefits of long reining?

Long reining

Long reining, turning left and right.

Long reining in open space.

Training problems.

Horse manners.

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