Free lunging is an ideal way to introduce a young horse or an older horse that has never jumped before.
The horse is able to jump naturally without the interference of a rider.
Points to remember
Always attach the lunge line to the cavasson, never the bit.
Never attach side reins or place reins around the stirrup leathers.
The horse needs to be free over the fence and should be able to use its head, shoulders, round its back in order to ‘bascule’.
Remember to work on both reins, spending a maximum of ten minutes on each rein.
Keep the horse interested and always end on a good note.
Where can I free lunge?
A lunging pit is an ideal place to work in.
If you don’t have the facilities then a flat field, alongside a hedgerow would be fine.
It is easier if you have someone to help you, but it is possible to manage on your own.
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Mounting the green horse for the first time.
Riding the green pony on a lung line.
Training the young horse to halt square and half halt.
Riding the young horse off the lunge line.
Backing the horse
Cantering the newly backed horse
Working on the bit