I’m a big believer in lunging as a foundational part of training. The horse has to be able to move correctly on the lunge before it’s going to be able to move correctly with the weight of a rider. I spent a good 6 months lunging Heidi before I rode her very much, and most of the lunging was at the walk. You can build a lot of muscle just by walking. Now that she has a beautiful, swinging walk, we’ve moved on to the trot. There’s a huge difference between a horse that is moving correctly, lifting his back, and stepping deeply under, and a horse that is just poking along, dragging itself off the shoulder instead of pushing from behind. She’s gained a lot of muscle over the past year and she’s moving beautifully. You can see for yourself in the pictures!