Longlining Videos

The following two videos are an intro to longlining I taped a few years ago.

This is how the outside hand moves when longlining. I videoed it to show a student how the outside hand and arm emulates a swinging door to maintain soft and consistent contact. It MUST move in this fashion to accommodate the movement of the outside hind leg.

The following are videos of longlining that were included in the members only forum. I cannot share with you the conversations therein as it . . . well . . . members only. As the videos are of me and my work, I can share them with you here.

This is my technique for safely putting up lines. It keeps my lines tidy and my horse under control.

Here’s a second “putting up lines” attached to an actual horse.

This is my Dutch cross mare Milly on her first longlining work. In this video you can see how to shorten a line without letting go and how the outside hand follows movement of the outside hind leg. At this point Milly has had 60 days under saddle (western trainer). The goal here is to get her relaxed and accepting the work.

This is a few works later. I’m kissing to her in tempo to lengthen her stride. She’s out there but she’s not yet working.

A bit further along, we’re getting the occasional stride of reasonable movement with her reaching into the bit. The sixty days with the trainer did not include working trot.

Here’s an upward transition. She still seriously lacks impulsion.

This is Beau. He’s got some problems. I’m talking to Wadly, venerable spouse who brought this guy home as his riding horse.

Here’s Beau falling in, falling out, bucking, lacking impulsion and rushing with occasional movements of bronc thrown in. He’s actually starting to accept contact here.

Beau a few works later. He’s improving and learning he can move his head and stretch his frame.

Beau dragging his hind feet. When Beau came his was really off in one direction, unable to give me impulsion. After my chiro worked him over (hip and spine were out), he started improving. Most of his attitude problems were directly tied to discomfort.


Still toe draggin’. His head is indicative of how far we have to go. Watch him drop the base of his neck and pick it up and drop it and pick it up . . . and he still isn’t going forward. There’s a lot to fix here. Toward the end he’s doing better, stretching his fame of showing a tiny bit of impulsion. Watch for him falling out toward the barn and falling in toward the barn. It made me laugh.

I’m encouraging Beau to stretch down and lengthen his topline. I won’t be able to get him forward until he’s connected, I can’t get him connected until he’s willing to stretch his topline and isn’t mentally restricted by past training.