How many have you checked off? Most likely two or more. RIGHT? Well none of these are really true and here's why.
Myth #1 - Going around you in a circle is a start, but you must also get a consistently round circle (not an oval or other shape), as well as be able to keep the circle in the same general area that you started in.
Myth #2 - Allowing the horse to change direction at will, lets him know that he can make some of the decisions. The problem with this is that he will also decide to make other decisions, and when we tell him "NO!" he will most likely rebel with an attitude.
Myth #3 - A horse should always have some time to just be a horse and "get the bucks out." This is best done by turnout in an area large enough to give the horse some running room. When you’re attached to your horse, he should not be doing anything that you wouldn’t want him to do if you were on his back.
Myth #4 - Going fast may be appropriate exercise for racehorses but only if the musculoskeletal system is fit enough. The exercises we do on the longe line are strengthening exercises and they need to be done slowly.
Myth #5 - By making a lot of noise with the whip to get your horse to move, you are teaching your horse to run from noise. You really want to do the opposite. That is, teach your horse NOT to bolt when he hears a loud noise. Again picture yourself on his back.
Myth #6 - This is called "running the gas out of the tank." At the show your horse should be paying attention to you because you’ve taught him to watch and wait for your cues. As a result, he should behave as well at a show as he does at home because you want him to have the energy to give that extra brilliance when you ask for it.
Here are some examples of a horse that hasn’t been taught to longe properly. When a horse is running and unbalanced, it puts unnecessary strain on his legs, tendons, and joints. And who wants to be riding a horse that won’t stop?
Get ready to be amazed at the "makes sense" approach that Bob uses to teach the horse to longe.
Not only is Bob's longeing method UNIQUE but it is LOGICAL to both you and your horse. No whip cracking, no yelling, just VISUAL and TOUCH sense cues that the horse quickly understands and responds to.
Everyone who sees Bob's longeing method in action wants to know how to do it themselves -- even long time users of the traditional, voice commands methods of longeing. Here’s what one trainer had to say.
I've been starting young horses on the longe line for over 20 yrs using voice commands and cracking the longe whip. I was a bit skeptical when I was first introduced to Bob's "non-verbal" longeing methods but I was open-minded enough to give it a try. I was impressed with how easily the horse understood the cues and how well Bob's methods worked. Now I use Bob's longeing system with the horses I train. I especially like the way the horses stay calm using this approach. -- Anne Eilinger, Mendon, NY
Listen to Anne
Bob's longeing method benefits you AND your horse.
When longeing, your horse will:
At the same time you will:
- Learn to give to the bit
- Learn to wait for your cues
- Build his physical strength
- Improve the quality of his gaits
- Learn to bend throughout his body
- Become consistently calm and relaxed
- Learn to have better timing with your cues
- Learn to feel the connection through the longe line
- Gain a better understanding of true communication
- Learn to identify when your horse's back is relaxed or tense
- Fine tune your eye for seeing when his rhythm is too fast or too slow
- Learn to tell if your horse is "coming through" meaning using his back and hindquarters
- Spend more quality time with your horse. Who doesn't want to do that?
If you haven't yet done so, watch a clip from this exciting new video (requires QuickTime).
With Bob's longeing methods, you don't spend money on gimmicks and devices called training aids to force your horse into a certain "frame." Since the method is based on visual cues that the horse understands and because there's no yelling or whip cracking, it's a calming method.
It's also an effective tool for teaching your horse how to establish a consistent rhythm and to build his strength so he can easily go from one gait to another in a balanced manner. Exactly what you want when you are riding him.
While conventional trainers and training methods leave you unsatisfied, this method always works. Yes, always.
How do I know? Because I've used it to start three horses from foals to riding horses and to retrain a 12 year old horse.
Before I worked with Bob, I had to send my young horses out for training because I didn't know how to do it myself. I was just another horse person working a job to pay for my horse's training.
After I worked with Bob and saw how logical and understandable his methods were, I decided to give it a try myself. So glad I did! And I know that you can do the same yourself. Here's why.
Bob and I both love to teach and have lots of experience. Bob's been teaching horses and horse owners for 20 years. Originally he was called when owners had specific problems like trailer loading, rearing, running off, etc.
Now, horse owners are eager to learn Bob's methods not because they have problems but because they want to DO IT RIGHT in the first place and avoid creating problems.
And when a student exclaims: "Wow that makes sense. Why didn't anyone else explain it like that before?" Bob knows he's done his job. Since his students truly understand the HOW and the WHY, they can more easily duplicate the exercises on their own, rather than relying only on memory.
My teaching experience didn't start with horses but comes from 9 years of teaching college chemistry: the subject that I had the most difficult time "getting" when I was in college.
My own difficulty made me a better teacher because I could identify with the student and could explain things in many different ways. This proved valuable with the wide variety of students I encountered: not just chemistry majors and pre-med students but also nursing degree students and others with no high school chemistry background. It was a very rewarding experience that I've been able to transfer to teaching horses.
Both Bob and I realize that everyone learns differently. Some do well with just reading or listening to a "how to," others need to actually see it done, and others are fine with either method. You'll also see in the video that Bob has a knack for finding analogies that you can relate to when he explains the individual exercises in each Lesson.
So if you're ready to learn how to longe your horse, our clearly explained and demonstrated video lessons are exactly what you want.
There is one caveat, however. You have to do your part.
This means you have to spend enough time with your horse to do the exercises and repetitions that are necessary in order to get consistent and correct results (see our Guarantee). Shouldn't be a problem. Aren't you always looking for more reasons to spend extra time with your horse?
Here's a quick look at what's in
"Creating Rhythm & Straightness on the Longe"
- Quick review of the ART Work from the first video of this series, "Establishing Control of Your Horse"
- How to use the equipment that you probably already have and a demonstration of the Visual and Touch sense longeing cues (NOT VERBAL CUES)
- Starting a yearling filly using the Close Range Longeing technique
- Learning how to deal with the evasions the horse tries in order to avoid doing the work
- Why the lessons from the first video are the necessary building blocks for all new training
- A three-year-old filly that goes forward before being asked to
- Using the "down" transition work to teach the horse to wait for the cue to go forward
- Using the "down" transition exercises to slow the tempo of the quick horse
- Using the "up" transition exercises to increase the tempo of the lazy horse
- Explaining the four priorities that you need as you longe in preparation for riding
Other tips and guidelines that Bob reveals in this video:
This Longeing video is like a good book -- you won't want to put it down. It's 80 min of the most educational and interesting instruction on longeing available. Once you start doing the lessons with your horse you will see how quickly he learns and you'll be proud of his and of your progress.
- How and why do you fit the punishment to the crime?
- What's an acceptable wrong answer?
- There are three answers that your horse can give for every question you ask. There is a time and place for each answer, depending on the stage of learning of the horse. Learn what these answers are and when to accept which ones.
- What mistakes should you let your horse make and what mistakes should you avoid?
- When is the right time to make your horse work harder and when should you back off?
- When you work with your horse on the ground, why should you envision yourself riding the horse?
Part Two: Creating Rhythm & Straightness on the Longe is available in either the VHS tape format ($29.95 plus S & H) or the DVD disk format ($34.95 plus S & H). It's easy and safe to order online. Just click on one of the order buttoms below and you'll go directly to our secure shopping cart.
Part 2: Creating Rhythm & Straightness on the Longe
- Discover Bob's unique, non-verbal longeing method.
- Improve your horse's gaits and rhythm.
- Maintain calmness on the longe line.
Don't forget, your order will include a FREE 60 min Bonus Audio CD of Mary grilling Bob with questions about the video and his longeing methods (a $12.95 value).
If you haven't already mastered the lessons in the first video "Part One: Establishing Control of Your Horse", we encourage you to do so because the second video builds on the lessons in the first video.
Everyone should have control of their horse before trying to longe them and/or teach them anything. Having control means you have their attention and you can't teach anybody or any horse if you don't have their attention first.
If you don't already own Part One . . .
Click here to find out more about Part One: Establishing Control of Your Horse.
You will thank Bob and your horse will thank you!
Here's to "Building a Foundation You Can Ride On" with your own horse!
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