My mare could jump clean but was dragging me around the course, and tight turns were a little sketchy. Paige watched us jump and explained that she was not using her back right over the jumps and that was why she was rushing. Within a few lessons, she taught me how to fix it and what I should feel. Now we can get around a stadium course sanely and our times are faster. My mare is so confident on course now! She (Paige) said smoothness first and speed comes automatically. I wasn’t sure about that because it felt slow, but she was right.
This video is to introduce the lunging technique we use. It is not intended to be used without our guidance. It is important that we see how the horse is responding to this because like any technique or gymnastic, if the horse's coordination is not right, it can do more harm than good. The technique is DeCarpentry's method updated by Cornille. It is particularly useful in rehabilitation where we need to be very careful to encourage the horse to explore a healthy coordination. The horse has to learn it and we need the horse's brain to process. This system allows guidance but not control and that is the intention. Knowledge of biomechanics enables the analysis necessary to make decisions about how to proceed.