Spend any amount of time in a barn and you will see horses being trained or exercised by moving in a circular fashion around their trainer
Teaching a horse to lunge isn’t complicated, but following proper technique and training will set both you and your horse up for success.
In the most basic sense, lunging is the act of a horse moving in a controlled circle around a trainer.
Especially if they have been sitting in the field or had a few days off, lunging is a good way to ease them into focusing on their work before you hop on their back!
It is important that lunging is never used as punishment, as this will create negative connotations in your horse’s mind and undo your partnership.