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Effective Lungeing Exercises

Nothing strikes dread in the heart of Canadian riders like these three words: “Winter is coming.” Many of us turn to lungeing to help deal with Arctic temperatures, reduced turnout and horses with the cold weather sillies. Far more than just an opportunity for horses to burn off some extra energy, when performed correctly, lungeing exercises can improve the connection between horse and handler, build strength and improve balance while maintaining the horse’s fitness over the winter months. Poles, poles, and more poles Going around in circles may (or may not) help get the sillies out, but it contributes little to your horse’s training progress. To add variety and challenge to your lungeing routine, try incorporating ground poles and raised cavalletti. The possible configurations are limited only by your imagination and the number of poles you have available, but here are two basic setups to get you started. Always start…

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