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If the horse explodes when you free lunge (loose in the round yard) how do you slow them down?

Original Question

Hi Angie,
If the horse explodes when you free lunge (loose in the round yard) how do you slow them down? Or do you just relax your body language and see if they settle?

Angie’s Answer

Some options:

  1. You can try sitting down and see if they start to slow down and become curious.

  2. You can try yielding their hindquarters to stop them, also may have to walk on an angle to smoothly cut them off with fence.

 

You want to try and interrupt the pattern and then support and help them to relax and find a better state.

Once you have stopped them, but basically use any way you can to stop them. Then you can:

  1. Relax with them, stand very calm and focus on your breathing and down regulating yourself to help them down regulate and find relaxation again. Even very, VERY slow stroking in their shoulder area.

  2. Put the halter and 22 rope back on to support them and play with them on line until they are ready to free lunge again in a RELAXED state, don’t try and fix it at liberty.

Hope some of those options help.

Angie Wicks

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