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long lining

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hey everybody :)
i just had my first long lining experience past sunday and it was great! It was a total success and both me and the pony were very happy about it!
At one point though i just started wondering about the offside line and how it hangs around the horse's hind legs... doesn't it bother them? I mean of course you should use a soft line that won't irritate the skin, but doesn't it bother the horse that it is there and maybe even encourages them to take shorter strides with their hind legs? just a thought...

renjaho - Hamburg, Germany
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Hi Linda!
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What a great success! Congratulations therefore!
I think some horses are ticklish in that area, but all in all it does not bother them so much.
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Best wishes from Hamburg, Germany
Jasmin

LindaR
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Hi Jasmin,
Thank you, and yes that is what I thought, but it just got me thinking when my mom asked me about it...
Thanks again,
Linda

Rudi - Pratteln, Switzerland
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There is a special equipment for long lining developped by Nelson Pessoa where a part of it is stimulating the hindlegs. So, I think it can not be that wrong. Some horses need some time to get accustomed to it and may kick initially.
Rudi

Debbie Roberts Loucks, USA
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Having lines that tickle around the legs is actually a wonderful way to prepare a horse for equipment that might be a part of their work e.g. driving or dragging things on the trail. 

Congratulations for learning to ground drive together! There are so many advantages to this exercise and its a lot of fun too!
saywardbrest
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Does anyone know where I can buy a surcingle that has rings big enough for the Monty Roberts long lines clips to pass through? The supplier needs to be in Australia or able to ship here.
Miriam (Holland&Germany)
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Hi saywardbrest,
Sorry to come to your question only now!
I had the same problem in Europe, so I bought a regular surcingle, and some bigger rings, connected them with eachother with some bailingtwine. Later I was able to replace the rings by bigger clips like they use as sailing equipment, big enough to pass  the longline clips through.
Hope this helps,
Miriam