Richard Maxwell trains a horse that's lazy to lunge

21m 40secs Views:5149 Rating: Video Rating - 5 stars Posted: 21/12/2009
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Lincoln is a Prix St Georges dressage horse who's lazy to lunge. Behaviourist Richard Maxwell explains it's common for horses to get emotionally switched off and then need constant nagging. Also, over-familiarity with his trainer puts Lincoln in a position of disbelieving what he's being asked, so he does his own thing and slows down. Then when asked to move on, he over-reacts and accidentally learns that his size, speed and strength are a useful advantage. Richard demonstrates how to get Lincoln to take more responsibility. The result is a proper 'teacher-pupil' relationship, an open channel of communication and a clear understanding.

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Royan 12 Jun 2014 Just been looking for help with lunging and submission and found this one. It is very inspirational and I would like to ask Richard how to translate this to ridden work? My horse switches off when we are schooling despite being asked lots of questions on a regular basis with change of pace and transitions. He clocks off and that is where the spooking begins. He can be behind the leg and I find it difficult to re engage him mentally and physically. Will this technique with submission on the round translate into ridden work?
diego2412 7 Jan 2013 Hi Richard, would love a video as mentioned in earlier posts about how to translate these techniques to riding. I think it would be very helpful for young horses that quickly get disengaged during arena work getting them more reactive to the leg and more involved in their work.
pma 5 Jul 2012 Just found this video yesterday, and tried the methods suggested on my 16.3hh chunky ID/TB who has previously been a very reluctant lunger, with me feeling as if I've had just as big a work out as he has at the end. The methods suggested worked well, his ear was on me and he moved freely round, and I returned home without having broken into a sweat. Result!
LADISLAO 15 Nov 2010 As always Mr Maxwell, you are simply the best.
WBLover 27 Oct 2010 Excellent video! I have a very leggy, tall 4yo warmblood that exhibits much of the behaviors that Lincoln does, either disengages and gets lazy, or over-reacts when I correct him. I am definitely going to try this method. My horse is VERY unbalanced at the canter and is young so I cannot canter him on a small circle. Once I have established this relationship at the walk and trot with the halter and long lead rope as you use, will the "lesson" tranfer to when I'm lunging on a larger circle using a long lunge line and lunge whip? He needs the canter work to learn balance and gain strength, but I need him to stay forward and engaged like is done in the walk/trot work with the halter/rope. This horse is very smart and knows the distance where I can and cannot reach him with the lunge whip to keep him going! Would swinging of the lunge line from the greater distance be a better substitute for the lunge whip if they need to be reminded to go forward, once they graduate to traditional lunging again?

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