How long should I lunge a horse for? It depends. If the circle is 20 meters, then you could lunge the horse for about 20 minutes on each rein. If the circle is smaller, like 15 meters, then 15 minutes on each rein will work.
It is said that however much lungeing you do, it is equivalent to 3 times as much riding. So 30 minutes lungeing is equal to 90 minutes riding. This kind of explains why too much lungeing can be harmful – its damn hard work for a horse.
When you lunge a horse, it moves around you in a circle on the end of a lunge line. Lunging is a useful exercise for both horse and handler. It is a way to let your horse safely burn off extra energy without you riding it and can help when teaching horse obedience.
once or twice a week generally. It’s a great way to work a younger horse to improve on the trot or canter. Also great for encouraging them to work properly without a rider on board when done properly.
Lunging is fine if your doing it right for that particular horse. Wizzing a fresh but unfit horse around on a small circle for example could cause an injury at some point. You have to take into consideration the ground, very soft ground is hard going, same as hard ground.
Another thing lunging is great for is building muscle and helping to improve your horse’s natural balance. By working consistently on a circle your horse has you balance themselves on the circle and use their muscles to do this. … And it may take some horses longer than others to get the results you are looking for.
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