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05/24/12- Lunging

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Part 1: Mr. Haanstra brings us a demonstration on lunging. He begins by describing the carriage of the horse, and how the horse needs to move to carry the rider.

Part 2: The first horse is brought into the arena, and Mr. Haanstra explains that before lunging any horse he makes sure that the horse leads well and is thinking forward. The demo horse is frisky, and Lammert allows him to go forward until he relaxes.

Part 3: They reverse directions, and Mr. Haanstra reinforces that he must remain active and staying on the end of the lunge. He demonstrates the tack he uses for lunging instead of side reins, and the use and position of this tack.

Part 4: When the horse slows down on the lunge, Mr. Haanstra points out how his musculature changes to show that he is not working as hard. After warming up, he changes the tack to ask the horse for a different outline. He adds a ground pole to the exercise.

Part 5: Mr. Haanstra removes the lunge line and continues the demonstration, emphasizing the relationship with the horse. A second horse is brought in who has not been lunged much by his owner, and has not had on a crupper before. Mr. Haanstra gives tips on using this for the first time, and explains how he attaches the lunge line to the bit.

Part 6: The horse readily accepts the crupper and the whip, and Mr. Haanstra explains his use of the whip. After giving the horse the opportunity to move around with the crupper, he adds the side reins. He explains how to adjust the tack to ask for an insided bend.

Part 7: The horse swings in his back as he trots out, and Mr. Haanstra asks the owner to come in. He gives her instructions on how to lunge herself.

Biographic Overview

After having been an Instructor at the Hippische Federatie (National Board for Equine Education) for 18 years he was asked to take charge of the daily affairs at the new FPC Friese Paarden Centrum at Drachten. Haanstra is a respected trainer and clinician read full bio

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