Lunging is a very effective method of testing your horses understanding of the stop/go response and is the ideal way of training your horse to become obedient to voice commands. Lunging has been a training technique used for years and when performed correctly it is a very valuable training tool as it can be used to help improve rhythm, balance and obedience. When lunging your horse, you should ensure he is light to respond to the go signal (a lunge whip tap initially reduced down to the voice) and incredibly light to the slow and stop signal (pressure on the lunge line reduced down to the voice). Horses should not be allowed to bolt/rush on the lunge and should have more work performed in hand if they do not understand the signal for slow and stop. We stock a variety of lunge cavessons and lunge lines to help you in your lunging but we recommend lunging off the bridle initially, allowing the handler to use bit vibrations for the slow response. Side reins are used by some trainers to teach the horse to reach forward and down into the contact.