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Bombproof Your Horse Part 2: Lunging and Long-Lining

Why lunge your spooky horse? After all, the problems occur on the trail or at the showgrounds, right? While that may be when you feel the effects of spooking the most, your horse will learn more quickly and thoroughly when not dealing with the additional stress of an unfamiliar location and dozens of distractions. Groundwork is an important part of training and has many uses. For one, you can lunge for short periods or long-line a horse that is too young or unfit to be ridden. If you are a new rider or nervous about your horse’s spooking, groundwork will allow you to deal with your horse’s fears without the risk of you falling off. You can determine your horse’s sensitivity to triggers before climbing aboard and you can work on relaxation, rhythm and balance without a rider’s interference. Since the focus of this series of articles is bombproofing, we…

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