Tag: lunging


Art2Ride Australia Classical Riding Clinic 2017 With Karen Loshbaugh: Lia and Pip (Lunging)

2nd December

Lunging lesson with Lia and Pip from the 2017 Art2Ride Australia Classical Riding Clinic with Karen Loshbaugh.



Lunging A Fully Developed Horse

21st November

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride demonstrates lunging with a fully developed horse.



Training tip: Get your horse in the zone

24th February

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses training tips for horses.



Miracle: First Lunge In Ring

24th May

Good morning this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and today we are lunging Miracle for the first time in an actual ring. We lunged him two days in a round pen with a wall to help us out a little bit.

Today when we brought him out, he was a little fractious when we started, but it only took him about five minutes to settle down. Notice we don’t have any tack on him whatsoever and we are just lunging him in a halter. I just want him to get the idea of going around in a circle. Over the next few weeks, we will start adding tack: surcingle and then a saddle. Of course we will not ride the horse until he has quieted his mouth. We will start with the bridle next time.

As you can see in the video, …



Chambon: It’s correct use and adjustment

27th March

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the correct use of the french stretching device called the chambon, which is particularly helpful for beginners with extremely hollow or sway backed horses such as in the retraining of saddlebreds.



Bailador Lunging II

27th January

Will Faerber and Karen Loshbaugh from Art2Ride give you an update on Bailador’s progress in lunging.



Frauke Murphy: lunging 4th week

24th December

Good afternoon this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and I am here with Frauke Murphy and her horse. This is the second or third lunging session she has had with us and it has been about four weeks. I have a previous video that you can view to compare, she was very high headed and had a fat belly with no back engagement whatsoever.

Now we can see that she is starting to swing very nicely over her back. Frauke sometimes lets her get a little too close to her, so she is going to move her out on the circle again. We want to keep contact with that line when we are lunging the horse so that we can keep contact with her mouth. Just like riding: the whip is your leg and the line is your rein to the …



Bailador: Update 1, Lunging

12th December

Good morning this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and we have been introducing you to our new horse in training, Bailador!

This is about the fifth time I’ve lunged him. He is used to having his head tied down and would brace upward and tighten. This is a horse that used to spook at every little sound and would jump out of his skin, and like so many other horses today is only half trained. If everything is perfect, this horse will kind of go along okay but as soon as something goes wrong he was ready to jump out of his skin and buck. After only a few days, he is already starting to relax and stretch into the contact. Notice how long I have the side reins on this horse, just like we have shown you in other videos. …



Dave Murphy and Zoe: Update 2

20th September

Good afternoon this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and today I am here with Dave Murphy and his horse Zoey. You have all seen Zoey on previous videos, and today she is about 5 or so months into training with Art2Ride. I come about once a week to help Dave out.

One of the things that we are talking about with this horse that I want you to see and understand is until you ride a horse much, the horse has to be accepting contact with the bridle. If you were to read the old Spanish riding school manual for instance, they would lunge a horse for a year before they rode it. As you can see in the video Zoey’s mouth now has a nice foam forming around the edge of her lips, which tells you that the horse is …



Long Reining: Part 2

3rd August

Hi this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and we are continuing with our discussion of long reining.

So the first thing is we have already lunged the horse so she is nice and quiet. We are going to leave the side reins on at first, we leave them on when we are working with a horse when it is their first time in long reins. It gives them a little stabilization and makes it a little less difficult to keep them in the reins and it keeps them from moving their head too much up and down. When you are putting on the long reins you are going to put it on over to the outside, then you are going to walk around to the other side and hook it through the outside lower ring for starters and then hook it …



Long Reining: Part 1

3rd August

Hi this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and today we are going to have a lesson on long reining. We have had quite a few comments on our website asking me to do some videos on long reining, so that’s what we are going to do today!

This horse that we are watching in the video is named Claire and she was a horse that had been in pasture for 5 years, basically a green horse that we started training about 3 weeks ago. We started with lunging her. As a prerequisite to long reining you certainly need to have the horse lunging correctly before you even think about starting to long rein. Another consideration here is notice we are in a pen that is┬ácompletely surrounded. The thing I want to talk about with long reining is it is a very …



Tips On Lunging: Part 1

26th July

Hi this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and I am here with Dave Murphy and he is lunging his horse Zoe. We have had quite a few questions come in on the internet asking about lunging and how to start their horses, so I thought this would be a good opportunity. You can watch Dave who is still learning himself and we can talk about what he is doing right and what he is doing wrong.

As I have stated before in some of my answers to some of you, the most important thing you have to establish when you are lunging a horse is the horse staying out at the end of the line. Don’t worry about if the horse is trotting or walking and especially whoa. Most people worry about whoa, when in fact you need to worry about …



The Correct Use of Side Reins

17th April

Hi this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and this is Kristen Balch with her horse Contigo demonstrating in our video here this morning. We had a question come in yesterday about the correct position or the correct length of the side reins.

The correct length of the side reins is so long that the horse simply can’t put it’s head all the way up (In the video, you can see how Kristen raises his head a little bit to show how free his head is), he has plenty of room to bring his head reasonably in front of the vertical but he can’t put his head up so far that he can turn completely upside down. So that is the correct length of side reins.

The side reins should never be so tight that they draw the horse’s head back (Kristen pulls …



Why do you lunge with side reins?

Side reins are essential in helping the horses understand the contact with the bit. Lunging is an art in itself, meaning you can teach a horse a tremendous amount about how you expect him to respond when ridden, help the horse to find his balance without having to balance a riders weight, the concept of moving away from inside pressure to the outside rein (which cannot be accomplished without side reins) and horses have a chance to “figure it out on their own” without the interference from a rider. After all, side reins can never pull on the horses mouth like a rider can and the horse can learn to flex correctly. Correct adjustment of the side reins for the level of the horses abilities is crucial and used mostly in the trot. All of the nuances of lunging are …



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Join me as I post weekly blogs covering many topics relating to Classical Foundation Training. I have intentionally left out the word "dressage" because many people have a negative association with the prevalent "crank and spank" approach or that it is a sport for only those who are afraid to jump.

Dressage as it is meant to be is an understanding of how to best optimize a horse's movement and ability to carry a rider, surely a benefit for any horse, any discipline. It is also important in maintaining your horse's safety, soundness and sanity.

Barb and Perhaps: WDF Foundation Level 1 Test 4

Barb and Perhaps demonstrate the World Dressage Federation Foundation Level 1 Test 4 with Will’s commentary.

Amber and Legolas: WDF Foundation Level 1 Test 6

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the world dressage federation level 1 test 6. Amber and Legolas Demonstrate.

Video Critique: Julie and Barbie Submission 1

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the video sent in by Julie and gives suggestions for further improvement.

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