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Lungeing your horse

Lungeing will add variation to your horse’s exercise and is a great way to build a trusting relationship with your horse.

  • Last reviewed: 28th July 2022
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These awards will give you the confidence to lunge your horse safely and effectively.

Bronze Award

You will find out about:

  • I can give reasons for lungeing a horse
  • I can list the equipment required to lunge a horse
  • I can tack up for lungeing
  • I can lead a horse in preparation for lungeing
  • I can coil the lunge line
  • I can change the whip over
  • I can untack the horse after lungeing

Silver Award

This award will cover:
  • I can check a lunge area for safety
  • I can lunge a horse safely in walk and trot (without side reins)
    a) safe handling of the equipment
    b) using appropriate aids
    c) showing upwards and downwards transitions
    d) using appropriate sized circles
    e) showing changes of rein

Gold Award

This award will cover:
  • I can give reasons for using side reins
  • I can fit side reins
  • I can check the equipment and arena before lungeing
  • I can lunge a horse for exercise in walk and trot under supervision, including:
    a) warm up and cool down (without side reins)
    b) attaching the side reins at a suitable point
    c) adjusting the side reins if necessary
    d) walk and trot transitions
    e) smooth changes of rein
    f) working the horse actively in both paces

Platinum Award

This award will cover:
  •  I can describe when a horse is actively working on the lunge in:
    a) walk
    b) trot
    c) canter
  • I can describe some potential issues with cantering on the lunge and suggest
    ways to correct them
  • I can demonstrate an appropriate lungeing session for my horse including:
    a) safe handling of the equipment
    b) warm up and cool down
    c) working in walk, trot and canter
    d) use of side reins
    e) changes of rein
    f) suitable exercises
    g) appropriate sized circles

How to get involved

Challenge awards are open to anyone who would like to improve their horse knowledge or skills; you do not have to be a BHS member to take part.

If you have your own horse

Courses are delivered by an Accredited Professional Coach. Your coach can come to your livery yard or British Riding Club grounds. 

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If you do not own your own horse

Or you’re not sure if they would be suitable, don’t worry. There are BHS Approved Riding Centres throughout the UK that deliver challenge awards with their facilities and horses.  

You can achieve the challenge awards at your local Approved Centre where they will match you to a horse to ensure your lessons are suitable to your experience. 

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Get in touch

If you want to learn more about the Challenge Awards or if you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.

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