I am working with a well educated 4 year old Irish Cop/Tinker gelding. We did a couple of Join ups and it built trust and complicity.
I also did some long lining and it went really well because he responds with enthusiasm to the reins and to my body language. There is not a lot to teach there, for he is fully trained.
I have started to work with him last week, after 6 months of leisure in the pasture. He became a bit chubby and I would like to build him somme muscle, before starting to ride him regularly.
Do I need to long line him, or could I just make him exercice in a round pen using my body language (without any line) as we do during Join up ?
Which are the pros and cons ?
Thank you for your answers,