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Longeing Lessons

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How do you use longeing for training and exercising your horse?

Only young horses or horses in training need regular longeing.
10%
76
Longeing before riding to work off excess energy is necessary if I want to stay on.
10%
79
Longeing is a regular part of my horse's fitness program.
41%
329
I only longe my horse in certain novel situations, such as visiting a new show grounds.
8%
67
I round pen my horse rather than longeing.
16%
127
I neither longe nor round pen my horse.
15%
119

Total votes cast: 797

Comments & Write-in Answers

I always do ground work before riding, make sure my horse is thinking & not reacting.

4/14/2014 11:45:32 PM

Round pen, longe & liberty work on a regular basis as both a warm up & to evaluate mood/energy level

4/14/2014 8:17:58 PM

I use untracking and lead by exercises on a rope halter in lieu of longeing when I can or necessary.

4/14/2014 6:45:36 PM

I get too dizzy

4/14/2014 6:29:21 PM

Better question - Is a horse really trained if you have to longe before riding?

4/14/2014 6:26:57 PM

I round pen prior to riding to get rid of excess energy and get his mind focused on me.

4/14/2014 5:10:20 PM

I only lunge for training or before riding to asses my mare's mood - too much torque on legs

4/14/2014 12:54:48 PM

and training program

4/14/2014 12:04:10 PM

Not good for my typeof horses

4/14/2014 9:38:42 AM

Use longing with classical dressage exercises to isolate specific muscle groups, balancing both side

4/14/2014 4:21:56 AM

longing on regular basis can be very bad for horses

4/14/2014 2:58:27 AM

I work my horses in hand and do ground work rather than traditional lounging

4/13/2014 2:04:23 PM

I use long reining - better for flexibility and better for joints

4/13/2014 10:16:51 AM

And only when he is acting up.

4/12/2014 8:34:21 PM

Longeing is part of basic ground training for my horse(s).

4/12/2014 12:32:21 AM

We are useing the lunge line to increase core fitness to relieve back issues.

4/11/2014 11:09:32 PM

I play Parelli games with my horses

4/11/2014 7:54:21 PM

I longe and long line both, even over my obsticle course.

4/11/2014 12:11:18 AM

longeing is a mindless act for the horse.

4/10/2014 11:37:30 PM

I teach all horses to longe. But to 'have' to longe is a big hole in a horse' training.

4/10/2014 10:57:57 PM

We have so much fun lounging!

4/10/2014 9:18:11 PM

I will longe my old horse to keep his joints moving when I don't feel like riding

4/10/2014 7:45:20 PM

Round pen work at Liberty as well as working on Longe line depending on training program.

4/10/2014 7:43:23 PM

For me 2,3, and 4 all apply. also lunging reinforces obedience and ground manners.

4/10/2014 4:38:33 PM

I longe primarily for schooling and gymnastic effects.

4/10/2014 4:28:37 PM

warm ups with longeing can save a lot of bruises

4/10/2014 1:38:23 PM

longeing is used when can't ride to ensure activity

4/10/2014 1:31:27 PM

In addition to getting some exercise it also help focus your horse on work.

4/10/2014 10:05:32 AM

mostly for training/relaxing purposes, never regular exercise.

4/9/2014 6:07:00 PM

Lungeing & round pen work helped get my horse back into work after an injury & when I couldn't ride

4/9/2014 5:58:59 PM

Actually, statement 1 thru 4 are all appropriate for me. Early in the spring is always good!

4/9/2014 5:49:01 PM

I only free longe during cold weather

4/9/2014 5:15:22 PM

Longeing and long lining are regularly used in training my horses.

4/9/2014 3:52:33 PM

Not to work off energy but rather to work off the air he sucked in.

4/9/2014 3:23:02 PM

There is more to lunging than running a horse in circles. Fitness is just a bonus to the training

4/9/2014 2:17:56 PM

For fitness and to work off excess energy before riding

4/9/2014 2:04:28 PM

Great for young horses, fitness in workers, & to introduce jumping, or driving.

4/9/2014 1:56:06 PM

my horses are so gentle they no longer require longeing.

4/9/2014 1:50:20 PM

I longe to check for soundness and to gain insight to their mindset for the day before riding

4/9/2014 1:23:24 PM

Loosens them up, I am able to see if their are any lameness issues before I get on.

4/9/2014 1:15:36 PM

If turnout isn't possible then longeing before riding otherwise I may get bucked off

4/9/2014 12:39:39 PM

Also for extra exercise and softening with side reins.

4/9/2014 11:53:16 AM

I lounge my horse as part of a training program & to get the bloat out to tighten the cinch.

4/9/2014 11:47:01 AM

I use longeing as a training tool for any horse that needs reminding of its basic ground manners.

4/9/2014 11:23:45 AM

Or if I'm checking soundness on a horse

4/9/2014 10:22:58 AM

Lungeing forms the framework for work in the saddle with the same discipline and development.

4/9/2014 9:17:44 AM

He doesn't need it.

4/9/2014 9:02:14 AM

Rarely; 1st time out after 3 months off due to endless winter, to let her loosen up without a rider

4/9/2014 7:29:29 AM

free longeing helps build horse's confidence, trust and understanding

4/9/2014 1:46:48 AM

I will longe even in a round pen if I need more control, such as during injury rehab or training.

4/9/2014 1:30:59 AM

Use light longeing for rehabbing injured horse

4/8/2014 10:25:50 PM

longe if he is ' high' , my old age = no bucks

4/8/2014 10:15:24 PM

I round pen my young riding horse but hope to eliminate it as training progresses.

4/8/2014 9:59:02 PM

I prefer to work with a horse in the round pen - you can do so much more with them - interacting wit

4/8/2014 9:09:55 PM

I do not longe nor round pen, instead I redirect their energy not "wear" them out.

4/8/2014 8:50:39 PM

Longeing is a good excercise for continuing education along with round penning

4/8/2014 8:22:43 PM

I longe my horse to see if he is moving well and it helps him work off excess energy before we ride.

4/8/2014 7:46:30 PM

I never longe my young horses under 3 years..Joints not done growing

4/8/2014 7:22:08 PM

Lungeing is a sad way to exercise a horse. It is simply forcing them away from you..

4/8/2014 7:04:00 PM

I work my horse loose to blow off excess energy, longeing is for SCHOOLING

4/8/2014 5:55:41 PM

Also if for some reason I am unable to ride

4/8/2014 4:48:52 PM

Haven't had to usearchaic methods of 'training' in decades.

4/8/2014 4:47:19 PM

We longe young horses if we haven't rode them for a while otherwise not

4/8/2014 4:45:11 PM

With all horses I train as well as with my older horse when we need some stressfree work out

4/8/2014 3:52:42 PM

I longe for carriage and fitness. Also add in a lot of Clinton Anderson. Makes a well rounded horse.

4/8/2014 2:07:04 PM

regular but infrequent

4/8/2014 1:30:25 PM

Longing is also an infrequent part of my horse's training program so that she has the longing skills

4/8/2014 12:11:51 PM

Longe & RP my horse for fitness, cannot ride currently due to accident, he needs to be worked tho!

4/8/2014 11:14:19 AM

We lead and teach our horses to follow us anywhere and eventualy have them led with one of us aboard

4/8/2014 10:36:10 AM

My horses are 14 yrs old and very broke. I would use longeing on a horse in training.

4/8/2014 10:24:55 AM

Young horses are taught respect with longeing; riding horses are longed to get out the extra bucks

4/8/2014 10:08:45 AM

Longeing also gages mental state to determine best training routine for day.

4/8/2014 10:07:21 AM

stretching and conditioning the back

4/8/2014 9:57:18 AM

Free longeing only as part of our "routine" and training, as well as exercising.

4/8/2014 9:00:17 AM

I also use longeing / long lining to teach new skills, like trot-canter-trot transitions

4/8/2014 8:51:31 AM

I rarely longe.

4/8/2014 8:42:57 AM

I use longeing also as a way to show I am his leader.

4/8/2014 8:41:38 AM

I longe my horse a few times each month on days I don't have enough time to ride.

4/8/2014 8:03:56 AM

I longe my horse sometimes and turn her out sometimes

4/8/2014 2:20:47 AM