That is the Question.
Yesterday, as I was working Tesla on the longe line, one of the Barn gals was having a potential buyer try her horse. As I called Tesla in to give her a treat & switch her the right, they remarked to each other (in a tone I was obviously meant to over-hear), that neither of them ever longed their horses as it was the worst-thing-ever for their legs.
So, what are your feelings on longing?
I see longing as a tool, and like any other tool, when applied correctly, can be beneficial, and when applied incorrectly, can do more harm than good. Do I think every horse needs it? No. Can it be damaging at high speeds and in tiny circles? No doubt.
I longe because it allows Tess and I to work things out in a "safe" space, and builds her trust in me.
I longe to help her get out the "bug juice" and to get her soft and focused on me (there is always plenty of gas left in the tank, trust me!).
I longe to help her build the correct muscles and balance without having to worry about balancing me too.
I longe to expose her to new things (like ring traffic and contact).
I longe as Trainer J, whom I respect as a rider, prescribed it.
Do you longe?
Why or why not?