Long Lining

Linda long lining her Arabian Pico during the Classicus Equestrian dinner Show

Linda long lining her Arabian Pico during the Classicus Equestrian Dinner Show

Long Lining is a form of training that I like to use for various purposes.  It is a very traditional classical form of training.  It can be used for horses too young to do lunge work or for other specific purposes.  All of the lateral work can be taught  using the long lines.  I sometimes use it to develop the piaffe or for training issues that are better resolved  from the ground.  Long lining is very useful for horses too young to be lunged because it is a way to introduce them to the bit and directional aids without harming them as a circle is too stressful for the joints of a young horse.  Lunging should not be done until a horse is three or four.

Long lining the Spanish Walk

Long lining the Spanish Walk

Long Lining a young horse, Paladin

Long Lining a young horse, Paladin