Longeing Lessons

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

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

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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