I’ve learned as much about horses, the way they move, react and interpret through long lining as I have through all other methods of working horses combined. I’ve also learned some of my most important lessons about how I use my body and reins while working with horses on long lines. There is no doubt that this is one of my most valuable skills as a horse trainer.
Long lining is widely used in training horses for both riding and driving. It is an essential pre-cursor to teaching a horse how to drive. It is also an excellent form of physical therapy. This is invaluable for horses returning from a long layoff, or for building new skills for advancing horses.
In this 10 page, illustrated article, you’ll learn the difference between ground driving and long lining. You’ll get tips and recommendations for equipment selection, work area, and exercises you can do even if you are a complete novice.