So, we've been working with little Maggie on the longe line, with sliding side reins, then she moved on to long lining, which is tough and requires quite a bit of finesse. So, last night, I gave it a try. It's way harder than it looks, lemme tell ya! But, you can see immediately what you've messed up. And, conveniently, you tend to do the same things wrong on the ground that you do in the saddle. So, I get to see what the impact of what I do is, there's no cheating here!
Soooooooo, because little Maggie is so easy in the lines, she's not tough, she's very honest, and she's not one to panic, *I* am supposed to practice my long lining with her. And, this is why: it's good cardio, you are moving constantly because you need a decent sized circle, but you need to be close to the horse, it makes me use my left arm properly, and it's like weight training on it (I'm so right handed it's not funny), and, I can learn to be faster in my reactions and corrections, because she's giving me immediate feedback. How cool is that?!
This does fall under the don't try this at home category, and I'm not exactly going to run out and do other horses, but it's neat to find someone who is really good at it, who is willing to teach me, plus, I happen to have a horse that can let me practice.