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BENEFITS AND USES OF LONGEING (lungeing)

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Although longeing (lungeing) is generally thought of as a means to either train a young horse or warm up an experienced horse before a ride, the benefits of and uses for longeing (lungeing) are so varied that it should be a part of the training and exercise program of all horses.

101 Longeing and Long Lining Exercises by Cherry Hill

101 Longeing and Long Lining Exercises by Cherry Hill

Benefits of Longeing (lungeing):

* Develops obedience to voice commands and body language

* Establishes the foundation for ground driving

* Is a progressive step in the horse’s education.  Makes the transition from in-hand work to mounted work
logical and systematic

*  Develops added confidence and familiarity between horse and trainer; sets the stage for upcoming learning

*Adds a margin of safety for mounted work

* Allows for familiarity with tack, such as carrying an “inert” snaffle

* Introduces movement principles – balance, rhythm, vertical and lateral flexion, gait extension and collection without interference from a rider

* Is helpful for correcting bad habits such as impure gaits, head tossing, or spooking

* Teaches a horse to work in certain confines

* Allows the horse to develop physically – left/right balance, suppleness, strength of back and loin, tendon and ligament durability without the weight of a rider

* Is valuable for rehabilitation after illness, injury, or pregnancy/lactation; can gain greater exercise effect than with hand walking yet is safer than turnout

* Is good for warm-up and cool-down for any riding horse

Longeing and Long Lining the English and Western Horse, A Total Program by Cherry Hill

Longeing and Long Lining the English and Western Horse, A Total Program by Cherry Hill

* Allows the trainer to observe the horse while the horse is moving which provides a chance to assess ability, soundness, quality of movement, gait purity, way of going, way of approaching obstacles etc.

* Allows the trainer to keep a horse in work when the trainer is pregnant, has a temporary riding impairment, or a schedule crunch

* Provides an exercise alternative for indoor work when the outside footing is too treacherous for riding

* Provides an exercise alternative for use in unfenced areas such as on show grounds

* Can be used for rider longe lessons and self-longe lessons

* Can be used to introduce cavalletti work and jumping

* Can be used to introduce and hone obstacle work

* Is a requirement of the Longe Line Class in horse shows

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