Training Programme Lungeing Claire Lilley
Claire Lilley has been training horses and teaching riders both overseas and in the UK for over twenty five years. She believes that successful training involves sensitivity and understanding always being aware that every horse and rider is different. Training must be enjoyable in order for horses and their owners to achieve their goals. Nevertheless the same basic principles of a good technique correct aids and tactful handling must be maintained across the disciplines.
Lungeing plays an important part in a horse's training. A couple of lunge sessions each week will help to strengthen your horse's back muscles and make him more supple and easier to ride. Lungeing him before you ride will loosen him up and settle him before you get on him
This DVD covers lungeing with all levels of horse from novice to more advanced and is invaluable if you are not sure how to lunge or want to improve your technique. This DVD shows you how to establish basic techniques and is extremely helpful if you do not have regular lessons.
The format of this DVD gives you the option of selecting which lesson to watch at any time. Follow the straightforward on-screen menus to help you navigate through them. On screen follow each stage of the work beginning with lungeing technique, equipment to use leading in hand and simple polework and progressing to more advanced in hand work use of training aids pole exercises and jumping on the lunge.
Lunge work improves your horse's way of going and develops your own skills as a horse trainer. Correct safe lungeing helps you to observe and understand which muscles your horse should be using and why. Using ground poles and gymnastic jumping on the lunge helps to improve your horse's co-ordination and strength. This is vital to developing a good jumping technique.
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Note: Please bear in mind that every horse is different and this table is a guide only. We have many different styles to suit all shapes and sizes. New Zealand & Euro sizes are measured from the top of the horse. (Withers to tail. C-D) UK, USA & Australian sizes are measured at the bottom of the horse. (From the centre of the chest to the rear. A-B)
How to Choose The Right Fit
The fit of your rug is very important to ensure the optimal comfort and ease of movement for your horse. Since horses of the same height at the wither come in a variety of shapes and sizes, it is useful to take careful measurements of your horse to choose the right size rug.
Using a soft tape measuring tape, measure from (A) t the centre point of the chest, across the point of the shoulder and to the point (B) the rear of the hind legs where you would like the rug to finish.
How do I know that I have the right fit
A well fitting rug will not move or rub your horse.
- Place the rug forward and in front of the wither. The chest buckle should be fastened on the first or second hole, leaving a small gap. Further back than this the horse may need a larger size.
- The neck line should sit well up on the neck clear of the shoulder with the shoulder gussets correctly positioned on the point of the shoulder.
- The rug should finish at the top of the tail for most horses (the tail flap will then cover the rest)
- Leg straps are looped through each other loose enough to prevent chaffing but not loose enough to hang any where near the horses hocks.
- Leg strap clips should face inwards to the horse to reduce the chance of catching on fences or other hazards.
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