I find lunging a good tool for detecting lameness in my horse.
Thanks. Yes this is a good reason for lunging. In the future I will leave some ideas of how to spot lameness on the longeline.
Lunging has wonderful results if done correctly with proper thought and intention put in. Lunging for the sake of tiring your horse does NOT work. Horse just gets more fit and results take longer... Getting a horse to think and look for cues teaches communication. Side reins can help with balance - but do not offer a horse "release" and release is what teaches. I am working with a very damaged horse right now that is petrified when you try to lung it for previous trainer must have run the horse mindless in circles thinking that was "lunging". A good tool if used properly - a torture if you don't know what you are doing... More students should be given lunging lesson to develop a better seat and not relay on bad hands for balance.
I agree with you completely! My point being that is a way to start. You don't have to lunge forever. Plus, you can shorten or lengthen the side reins to create the correct bend. However, I realize this cannot duplicate excellent hands. Forgiving hands or "rewarding hands" as I tell my students is the best. This is the hardest thing to teach.