A well trained horse which enjoys working and knows how to move in a way that improves its health.

A Course in Lungeing: Laying the foundations for correct movement

A training programme founded on the basic principles of the biomechanics of horses

Would you like a horse

  • that is supple and energetic in its movement both on the lunge and undersaddle?
  • that actively uses its back and hindquarters?
  • which has trained exactly those muscles that it needs for the demands madeon it as a riding horse
  • that continually improves its balance and self carriage?
  • that is well motivated and willing to work at its training?

And are you sometimes upset and frustrated because you have the feeling that your horse is moving worse than it should do? Because it hollows its back or takes off and you have a real battle to prevent it pushing in or pulling out while lungeing?

Because you sometimes have the impression that your horse is doing its duty according to the rules but seems to take no pleasure in it? And because things don’t seem to go as you would like under saddle either?

If you can nod in agreement at this point, then my lungeing course may be exactly what you need. With a click on the following picture you can see a film which gives a bit of an idea of what working according to my lungeing course is like:

But anyone can lunge, can’t they? Er…no!

Many people think that anyone can lunge. “It is just getting the horse to go in a circle”. But no, unfortunately this is absolutely not so.

Can you really explain why you lunge in the way that you do? And are you really sure that you are doing the horse good with the way that you are lungeing?

In my opinion it is not clear to many horse lovers

  • that lungeing well is not all that easy
  • that lungeing badly can really damage the horse
  • that on the other hand lungeing well offers the opportunity to solve a whole
  • range of problems very effectively and to educate the horse in a way which improves its health

Did you know . . .

  • that a curve is a particularly tricky challenge for a horse?

  • that horses need systematically to learn how to move in a circle because they cannot naturally do so?
  • that a lot of so called “bad behaviour” (on the lunge as well as under saddle) is not the horse being deliberately disobedient but simply caused by it being over faced and unable to do many of the things demanded of it?
  • that proper lungeing is unfortunately very rare?
  • that you can do a lot for your horse’s good health with proper lungeing training and damage your horse with bad lungeing?
  • that you can prepare your horse really well for the tasks it should tackle as a riding horse with proper training on the lunge?
  • that a lot of problems that you experience when riding can easily be solved on the lunge?

Defective knowledge and a lack of method-know-how lead to a lot of lungeing whichmakes depressing viewing. For a horse to move properly it must first learn something new, something that it cannot naturally do, which is to move correctly in a circle. And unfortunately that is something that very few horses are really shown how to do.

Can you see the difference?!

Good and bad movement on the lunge is not difficult to distinguish – you just have to know what you are looking for!

Can you, for example, see the difference between the following two pictures? That the first horse is circling with a hollow back looking outwards, while the second horse is displaying a beautifully rounded back, a correct position curved to the inside and copybook active hindquarters?

Or can you see here in the first photo that the horse tied back with sidereins is moving on the forehand and falling into the circle, while the horse in the second photo is moving with beautiful extension and a raised shoulder?

And if you really think about it honestly: how does your horse move? And how would you prefer it to move? It is up to you.

What you achieve by lungeing correctly

The most important task of the horse is to learn

  • to bend in a circle instead of letting itself fall into it,
  • to raise its inner shoulder and
  • to move straight in its tracks with the hindquarters tracking the forelegs, like a train and not like a motorbike, leaning into the curve.

When your horse can do this the following result

  • its neck is freed up and it “lets go” from the withers
  • it develops rhythm and freedom of pace (good ground coverage)
  • its back muscles are freed up to do their work effectively
  • its hindquarters take up weight
  • its body and spirit are happy and relaxed

And how you can achieve all this with your horse is what you will learn in this course!

About this course

Since I specialised in lungeing I have given about 70 Live-Courses each working with an average of 7 horses. And with every individual horse I have learnt something new. Every horse come with its own particular issues and I have continually refined the exercises and lessons to try to convey to all parties how to move properly on the lunge.

Together with Tania Konnerth and Lisa Kittler, I am delighted to be able to offer a effective, helpful and practical self-learning-course in lungeing and with the help of Katy Schütte, I am even able to present this course in English! This is the second version of the course in lungeing, improved, re-worked and considerably expanded.

I felt it was particularly important to develop exercises to help you to solve the typical sorts of problems which may be encountered at the beginning of this training by yourself and without pressure or the use of force. My aim is to offer a much expanded practical part for self study in order to give you a training method that logical and perfectly suited to the nature of horses.

This you will find in this course

In this course in lungeing you will find::

  • About 250 pages plus videos of various exercises.
  • Extensive basic informations and special knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics.
  • From my fund of practical experiences from about 70 live courses clearly presented exercises that will help you and your horse to master the problem of moving in a circle with ease and enjoyment such as the Cone Slalom, the Stepped Pathway and many more.

  • Uncountable photos and diagrams with explanations and illustrations.

  • A Media Library with many videos and a substantial .pdf by osteopath Maike Knifka on the theme of Physiotherapy and the Lungeing Course and helpful videos to accompany it.

  • Acupressure tips from Acupuncturist Patrizia Harneit on video.

  • A special on working with horses with extra paces.

  • Tips for working with older horses and those with health problems.
  • And much more.

Why I have developed this course

As a riding teacher and as a trainer I was repeatedly confronted with problems with horses: bad behaviour or resistance, both major and minor, lack of rhythm, lack of motivation and presence. Or worse: horses that bucked, reared or were “difficult” in some other way out of pain, frustration or depression.

Lunging training stood out as being really helpful for my work. In as much as you learn to lunge your horse according to biomechanical principles, you are doing what is best for the health and spirit of your animal partner: you give it the means to fulfill what you want of it in a healthy way. In addition you work with it in a harmonious partnership, as the lungeing training as I do it is based on togetherness, understanding and patience and rejects pressure, force or the use of any compulsory measures.

  • Proper lungeing training prepares a young horse in the best possible way for its task of being a riding horse and trains up the muscles of horses that have had a rest from work.
  • Through lungeing training you can do the prerequisite ground work that your horse needs if it is to be used as a riding horse without harming itself in the long term. And this applies just as much to horses that are used for light hacking out in leisure time as for horses used for riding sports, whose owners dream of a career as a dressage or show jumping star.
  • A good training on the lunge is above all the way to bring hard bitten “problem” horse back to becoming co-operative again – you would not believe the changes I have experienced already with horses that have been more or less given up on by their owners.

Proper lungeing training can of course not work miracles, but miracles are in any case mostly unnecessary. The only thing necessary in most cases is to recognise what the horse’s problems are and accompany it on the road to learning what it has to do to fulfill the expectations of its person. To do this it is necessary to proceed in a way which takes into account the horse’s particular anatomic make up, not just as

confirmation of the method, but as the basis for it.

My lungeing course shows you a way that achieves this for me. My heartfelt hope isthat you and your horse will find it as workable as it is for me and for all the many horses that I have worked with according to it.

What you will achieve when you work with this course

If your horse has no health problems, after regular work according to the course, it should display the following on the lunge:

  • It should move rhythmically with soft flowing movement.
  • It should always have a supple and relaxed neck and back.
  • It should move fairly straight in its tracks.
  • It should be able to raise its shoulder continuously.
  • It should give a happy, well-adjusted impression as it works.
  • It should begin to develop good muscle tone.
  • It should react willingly and promptly to your aids.

Since I have been training the horses that come to me to be broken in according to this method, they start their career as a riding horse much more relaxed right from the beginning.

What does the new Lungeing Course cost?

The price for the the lungeing course is 45,- EUR in Germany.

(Due to new EU-regulations these are the prices for privat byers in EU-Countries (you find these prices in the shop after your choice of country): Belgium, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic 45,76 EUR, Bulgaria, Estonia, United Kingdom, Austria, Slovak Republic, Romania 45,38 EUR, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden 47,27 EUR, Finland 46,89 EUR, France 39,89 EUR, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Portugal 46,51 EUR, Italy, Slovenia 46,13 EUR, Luxembourg 38,95 EUR, Malta 44,62 EUR, Hungary 48,03 EUR, Cyprus 45,- EUR, Swiss 40,84 EUR – all prices including VAT, all other countries 45,- EUR without VAT.)

For this you get:

  • a self-study course in .pdf format (you need Acrobat-Reader to read and printit) of about 250 pages
  • with comprehensive info about the working of the horse’s anatomy and whatyou particularly need to watch out for while lungeing
  • with practical directions and exercises with which you can teach your horse proper movement in a circle from the basics onwards,
  • actual support and solutions for problems which you may encounter
  • exercises and ideas to take advanced pupils even further
  • entry to our media library in which you will find countless new videos on the exercises and lessons as well as other documents to download
  • extras from specialists on the themes of The Lungeing Course andPhysiotherapy and The Lungeing Course and Acupuncture Pressure Points
  • and much more.

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Giving the Lungeing Course as a Gift

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The Author

My name is Babette Teschen. I have specialised in lungeing in particular for the last few years, because this work is particularly useful for the training and advanced training of horses and for the building of trust in the case of problem horses and because it gives me a method of training horses without using force. I also give seminars on lungeing and offer this course in written form in the hope of fulfilling the many requests I have received from my course participants.

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The Facts

Contents of the Course: A method of lungeing that takes the particular biomechanics and anatomy of the horse into account when helping it to achieve correct and health improving movement.

Extent of the Course: about 250 pages plus videos of various exercises.

Delivery of the Learning Material: conveniently by email as a .pdf.

Programme Method: Self-study with many practical directions.

Learning Goals:

  • You receive the basic knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics that you needin order to decide if a horse is moving well or badly.
  • You learn why it is very difficult for a horse to move on a curved line in track and well balanced.
  • You learn how to teach your horse to do just that.
  • You and your horse learn how to lunge in a completely new way from the firstsmall steps onwards.
  • You learn how to build on the basics and introduce new exercises.
  • You receive a great variety of suggestions of how to make the lungeing training varied and interesting so that it serves to train your horse in a health improving way and as a result is enjoyable for both of you.
  • You receive many extra tips on problems that may emerge or for particular circumstances, such as lungeing horses with special paces.

Your Investment: For this comprehensive course that teaches all the underlying background knowledge as well as the practical know-how for lungeing according to biomechanical principles you invest 45,- EUR in Germany. – Special offer until 5th of July 2016: minus 5,- EUR!

(Due to new EU-regulations these are the prices for privat byers in EU-Countries (you find these prices in the shop after your choice of country): Belgium, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic 45,76 EUR, Bulgaria, Estonia, United Kingdom, Austria, Slovak Republic, Romania 45,38 EUR, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden 47,27 EUR, Finland 46,89 EUR, France 39,89 EUR, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Portugal 46,51 EUR, Italy, Slovenia 46,13 EUR, Luxembourg 38,95 EUR, Malta 44,62 EUR, Hungary 48,03 EUR, Cyprus 45,- EUR, Swiss 40,84 EUR – all prices including VAT, all other countries 45,- EUR without VAT.)

Guarantee: If you are not satisfied with the course after 2 weeks, we will give your money straight back, without any complicated forms or bureaucracy – simply send us an email.

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Lungeing Course Success Stories

Read these reports of peoples’ experiences:

How the lungeing and development course changed our life . . .

A trotter learns how to move – a report on our experiences with the lungeing course

Also read:

Can you work with old horses according to the lungeing course?

Is the lungeing course suitable for horses with health problems?

Opinions on the Course

Here is some feedback from Lungeing Course customers:

Dear Babette,

I have been absolutely buried in the comprehensive new lungeing course. It is really a super piece of work! Such good explanations and all the many illustrative photos with the drawn-on indicators that really clearly back up the explanation! You can really work with this e-book on your own without having any worries that you might be making some serious mistake.

A really good addition is the exact description and drawing on the theme of the “Language of the Stick”. And I’ve been able to look at the films in the Media Library too: very nice examples that really make some things clearer still.

And the finishing touch: Health Spa Treatments for Horses! I have just tried them out and my horse sends warmest best wishes with a happy sigh and hanging lips!

Many thanks again for this wonderful lungeing course!

All best wishes,

Ulrike Steigerwald

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Greetings from Oldenburg!

I am really taken with the re-worked version of your lungeing course! It covers exactly the problems that I have experienced. I have to confess to being a newcomer to lungeing.

The first hurdle it posed for me was indeed how to deal with the whip and the lunge line – quite apart from position and bend;-)

The demonstration in the new videos is much much clearer. I have got to go and try it out with my horse right away. Do keep doing more.

I am telling everyone how brilliant your written work is and how much trouble you have taken with it and I hope that lots and lots of other horse people are going to buy it.

Yours sincerely,

Anke and Täschi

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Dear Babette, dear Tania,

thank you for your wonderful work. I am busy every day with your new course and my horses are grateful for it. I find the new explanations sooooo helpful!! A lot of the connections have really fitted into place now, which they hadn’t before. My ability to see things has really improved as a result.

THANKS!!!

Claudia

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Hello there again,

I just wanted to say thank you very much for this great project and that I am going to devote myself to the re-worked reading matter as quickly as I possibly can as the first lunging course has already made a definite improvement in my horse. Unfortunately she has health problems in the saddle area (osteophytes on the body of the vertebrae) so that it became very difficult to use riding methods to achieve a good lengthwise bend and to raise the inner shoulder. In the meantime, it’s working pretty well, thanks to your work!

Warmest best wishes,

Gabriele Bellin

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Dear Babette,

since I now constantly recommend your Lungeing Course to all my customers as a therapeutic measure for changing and improving patterns of movement, I would like to compliment you and yours for your course and your work.

I myself have developed a similar (but naturally in comparison very minimal) therapeutic exercise programme for my horse patients as a complimentary measure for my osteopathic treatments. I certainly cannot compete with your lungeing course:-))))). And nor do I want to :-)))). So I always recommend you!

I am delighted to have such an excellent and well worked out learning programme from you on hand for my customers. The horse owners which have used it, have seen relatively fast and excellent changes in their horses and scarcely have any more problems with its structures of movement. It is really wonderful to observe.

All best wishes from the Rhineland

Beate Plaar, Animal Health Practitioner

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…..The course has really become excellent, successful in every respect – once again, many congratulations! It seems to me that one can really work well with it, even when one has to work alone – you really have a talent for setting it all out in small steps and explaining it all clearly and understandably. And I like all the pictures! They are also tremendously enlightening, but some of them are just simply lovely – how beautifully horses can move!

I wish you both all the best with it and hope that the course has a really serious impact!

All best wishes,

Udine

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Your book and your videos, as far as I have seen from my totally fascinating look at them so far, are just what most friends of the horse really need and what really serves the needs of the horse too.

Your directions are something that someone who really goes into them, reading, looking, has patience and the will to do it, can work from well or rather really well. I hope that it is going to be as successful for me too 😉

And what I am really taken with, is the fact that you really properly explain, in a way that is really easy to understand, why it is, or indeed is not, good for the horse with both positive and negative examples that are presented in a way that is very easy to interpret. Where else can one find something like this?

Helga Raschke

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Hello Mrs Teschen,

Thank you so much for the course! And thank you so much for the comprehensive and painstaking pulling together of all your material.

I had feared that perhaps there scarcely were any other horse lovers that were really interested in lungeing properly. I have tried for years to go on courses given by various trainers to get my horse to lunge properly and in a way which suits its make up and not just “send it round in circles”.

Even with renowned trainers I did not find what your course offers – as it is normally the case that the best people do not want to give away their specialist knowledge. At least, that has been my experience up to now.

Many thanks and all best wishes,Kathy Asmuß

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I have recently bought your online Lungeing Course and would like to thank you and Mrs Konnerth very much for your excellent and careful work.

One feels how much of your life’s blood you have invested in the project and I do wish I lived near you and could meet you personally and get the benefit of your knowledge and ability – not least for the good of my horse. Your method of writing is excellent and easy to understand, even for beginners like me – your Lungeing Course suits me more than all the books and DVDs that I have tried to study on the subject so far, and which I had to shelve as they did not suit us or went completely over my head.

Many many thanks for it!

Victoria

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Hello Babette,

I wrote to you a few months ago about my worries about my old riding pony mare with the bad back. In the meantime she is pulling a carriage again after months of preparation work on the lunge and the double lunge. She has acquired back muscles and for the first time in her life (she is nearly 18) understood what it means to produce supple, straight, and energetic movement. (I have also understood it, thanks to your Lungeing Course). The owner of the stables (who is also breaking her in to driving) looks at us rather in surprise when I lunge her in the riding arena and call “goooood girl” when she tries to bend and extend her neck or when I trot along side her instead of standing in the middle of the circle, but since I have more or less regularly worked according to the lungeing course I really have a new horse. Once again, many thanks for that!

All best wishes!

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Dear Babette!

I would like to thank you once again for your great dedication to our Lungeing Course.

As a vet I am particularly impressed with your knowledge of the underlying biomechanics and for your just and fair way of dealing with horses.

All the ideas that you have gathered together from your own experience were also interesting for us riders of horses with extra paces. You do not only understand our particular problems, but can also offer really concrete help for getting horses with special paces to work properly with their backs.

My hope is that your Lungeing Course will be read more by vets too, as I am convinced that many sorts of lameness could be better explained with the help of biomechanical considerations and convalescent horses more successfully brought back to health again.

So do continue your wonderful work for the sake of all horses.

Lea Schudel

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