November 28, 2003, Newsletter Issue #153: Hanging Out With Horses, Family & Friends

Tip of the Week

Week One:

Learn how to properly "Free Lunge" your horse for his total enjoyment and exercise.

I recommend that each horse is properly fitted with splint boots & bell boots for the front legs; and splint boots for the rear legs.

Receiving in writing, permission from the Property Owner where your horse is boarding (AND, {not and/or--only AND} the Barn Manager) that you are permitted to free lunge your horse in the Riding Arena (NOT EVER when other horses are quiet and resting for the night; and not when a lesson is being conducted in another arena; and best done usually during a feeding time as other horses are generally more interested in their feed than in your horse running "free").

Make sure that all gates are properly and securely locked. Make sure that all Jump Cups on standards have been removed and preferably placed into a Mucker bucket outside of the Arena, UNLESS they are forming a safe and standard jump that would be recognized by a USET Jumping Official (none of these not recognized nor permitted "creative conncoctions".

With company along to sit and visit with while your horse "free lunges" and "yahoos" to his/her hearts` content, turn him/her loose, preferably with the halter on. Never leave a horse unattended when "free lungeing" and never leave the arena. You, and your company sit and visit there while your horse plays around, but never, even for a minute leave the horse unattended.

Do not let the horse, dig, nor disrupt the arena surface. If your horse poops, use a fork and pick it up. Please.

Make sure to put the arena back the way that you found it, once you have regained your horse, and next week we will discuss "cooling out TLC`s" that your horse will love.

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