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Lunging with Feel Part 2

In part one of this series, in the September/October issue, you learned that by lunging your horse using the correct alignment, pushing the right buttons and using the right amount of energy, you’re speaking to him in a way that makes sense to him. His balance, posture and relaxation will improve while building strength in the muscles he needs to carry a rider without stressing him physically or mentally. Now you will be able to use lunging as a vital part of your horse’s training and fitness plan. Lunging with consistent contact and true bend will improve your horse’s suppleness and posture through lateral work. Incorrect posture, like leaning into the circle with his nose tipped out or with a hollow back, causes imbalance and tension, which stresses your horse’s joints and muscles. Establishing Contact Lunging with contact on the line allows you to help your horse be more balanced…

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