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CHERRY HILL'S HORSEKEEPING NEWSLETTER

May 2004

101 Longeing and
Long Lining Exercises
Longeing and Long Lining
the English and Western Horse
How To Think
Like A Horse
Making Not Breaking by Cherry Hill
101 Longeing and Long Lining Exeercises
Longeing and Long Lining the Western Horse
How to Think Like A Horse by Cherry Hill

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The Longeing Plan

This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you, a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories and helpful tips for your horse care, training, and riding.


I have been doing a lot of longeing around our place the last few weeks because the horses won't be able to be turned out on pasture for 3-4 weeks yet and there isn't enough time in the day to ride all of them. Even though the longeing I am doing right now is mainly for exercise, I try to keep the principles of longeing in mind so that the sessions establish and reinforce good behavior and balanced movement.

Adapted from

Longeing and Long Lining the English and Western Horse

and

101 Longeing and Long Lining Exercises

You have a variety of subjective and objective goals to accomplish during your horse's ground training. The work should be approached so that the horse develops a confident, steady manner with a cooperative attitude and free, supple, forward movement characterized by a consistent rhythm.

During the lessons, he should accept the bit, respond to the aids, work relatively straight and show "speed control": extending (moving on) and collecting (shortening) in his gaits. His frame should be allowed to develop naturally and progressively from the head up and nose out “kid frame” to a gradual rounding of the topline that leads to a collected “advanced” frame.

Throughout the horse’s physical development, it is imperative that you always strive to meet the following criteria:

  • The horse moves forward freely with reaching, elastic strides
  • The horse is relaxed

To read the entire article, go here: longeing_plan

To read other longeing articles, look under Ground Training at
Cherry Hill's Horse Information Roundup .


That's it for this month.

Keep your mind in the middle and the longe line straight!

Cherry Hill

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