Okay, it's still now cold outside in quite a few areas and many of us really don't feel like riding. But did you know that lungeing is a time-saving workout that can be done during the off-season or when you can only grab a short respite between downpours.
According to The Equine Therapy Centre at Hartpury College in Gloucester, England, this is only true if you are lungeing your horse correctly and in an aid that is appropriate to his level of training, his conformation and way of going. Just because you've heard of a system, or a friend uses it, doesn't mean that you should run out and buy it. Find out what different lungeing aids can do for your horse, where to buy them and how much they cost before making that buying decision.
Manufacturer’s claim: creates a fluid contact. Its sympathetic ropes and pulleys encourage the horse to use the correct muscles and to work in the perfect shape.
I must admit that I use it to limit extension of the hind leg, lower the head and neck if placed low, or compress the neck if set higher.
Manufacturer’s claim: helps the horse to step under from behind, using his back and lifting his shoulders, working into a soft, equal contact.
Again, I own this system and I use it to limit extension of hind limb and lower head and neck. The EquiAmi comes with a How-To DVD and it is recommended to watch the video before use.
Bungee reins/side reins
Bungee reins and side reins are widely available and used to: lower head and neck and inhibit forward movement of the head.
Side reins to: depending on placement, encourage lowering of head and neck or simply restrict movement to aid control.