Long Lining

A long lining course….  What is it,  how will it help you, and do you want or need it?!

Do you want a better relationship with your horse?  A new way to work with him?  A way to improve your eye?  Improve your rein contact?  Encourage a softer hand?  Help him to work out what contact is, how to work with the rein?  Uncurl a horse who has been worked behind the vertical?   Then Long lining is something that can open new doors.

Long lining, for me, is vital.  It’s such an important part of how I work my horses – from the unbacked youngster, through to the novice in training, right through to advanced competition horses, hacks, pleasure horses and rehabs.  My question is more about, how can anyone train a horse without knowing how to work on lines?

My horse is crooked – work him on lines.

My horse won’t go forward – work him on lines.

My horse rushes – work him on lines.

My horse was badly started and curls up behind the bit, he won’t take a contact – yup, work him on lines.

More and more I’m hearing and seeing unsettling things about long lining…

“A horse was killed, running away on lines, in traffic….”

 Why was he in traffic?  What kind of lines?  How experienced was the trainer?

“My friend got kicked in the face long lining…” 

Long lining correctly keeps you out of harm’s way…  You’re not going to be walking behind him.

“My horse just bucks and bucks if I long line him…” 

The current trend of double lunging with the reins around a horse’s hocks is unsettling…  Do you ride with your hands by his hocks?  No?  So, why would you line him like that?  Having reins around the horse’s quarters just gives him bucking practice and is often disturbing to the contact.

Long lining is incredibly powerful, but just like riding, you need to understand how it affects the horse and how to keep it as safe as possible.

So, why am I teaching this course?

I’m teaching this long lining course to introduce more people to the types of long lining, what equipment you need, the benefits to your horse, and how you would go about starting.

Many people know and use work in hand.  And even more people ride.  Long lining bridges this gap, between working on the ground up close and personal with your horse, and him understanding when you are not next to him.