- The folks who think you’re crazy not to lunge your horse until he’s sweaty.
- The folks who think you’re crazy to lunge your horse at all.
The point of lunging is not to punish the horse or wear him out. It is a training tool that allows you to help him step over his hindquarters and move his front quarters (which sets him up for turn arounds in the future). It teaches him to respect your personal space, to rate his speed AND it gets any extra steam out of his system. And all of this is accomplished without getting on his back!