I’ve recently finished reading one of the most instructive and comprehensive books on working with a horse on the longe. This book delves into each aspect of *longeing * long lines * long and short reins* when working with your horse. What I liked about this book is the way each step is taken and dissected into specific easy to follow instruction. There is also a detailed list of all the equipment needed to accomplish your training.
Properly longeing a horse is a great asset not only to the horse but also to his human counterpart. In my opinion there are too many people who don’t take the time to learn the proper way to longe a horse. I’ve seen many riders in barns and at shows simply put the horse on a longe and let them “get the bucks out.” This isn’t fair to the horse because it doesn’t teach them anything but to run around irrationally with no goal in mind. There is a real chance for injury too. Not just to the horse but to the handler.
Teaching a horse to longe properly can be used in so many constructive ways:
Starting a young horse, restarting a horse who needs corrective training, keeping an older horse strong and fit, maintaining training and fitness when riding isn’t possible, therapeutic work for a horse that can’t be ridden, evaluating a medical or training problem or warming up a horse prior to a lesson. I could go on and on but I won’t.
Longeing correctly is an art form unto itself and should be taught to everyone involved with training horses. To me it comes under the category of “what I wish I knew back then.” It’s never too late to learn something new or the proper way of doing things. I find it fun and rewarding and it keeps me thinking on my feet.
The book is: HORSE TRAINING IN – HAND
By Ellen Schuthof-Lesmeister and Kip Mistral
Forward by Sylvia Loch
I found it on Amazon for $20 down from its original price of $31. I think it’s a good price for a book packed with invaluable information. Check it out if you’re interested.
Until next time
Quote for Today
In training horses, one trains himself
- Antoine De Pluvinet-