Long-Lining for all Ages and Stages with Hyde Moffatt
Long-lining, also referred to as line- or ground-driving, is an extremely beneficial exercise for horses at all stages of development. It provides education, relaxation, and variety to the work, while allowing for a new route to problem-solving some common training issues. Long-lining has been a training technique for centuries, used by horsemen the world over with horses from unbroken youngsters to made campaigners. The famous Spanish Riding School utilizes the technique to introduce their horses to the upper-level movements seen in the Lippizaner shows. Long-lining enables the handler to teach forward movement, steering, and straightness – all without the added weight and complications that a rider can bring to the equation. It allows horses to understand aids in a very simple manner, and can be an extremely useful tool when starting young horses under saddle. Once a young horse has learned to wear tack and how to lunge, it can…
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