Lunging is very under-utilized training tool. There are so many benefits to lunging before riding. It gives the horse a chance to warm up, stretch, and work out any kinks before you sit on him. It gives you a chance to see how your horse is feeling that day. It allows the horse to find his balance and build strength without the burden of a rider on his back. It teaches the horse rhythm and relaxation. Most importantly it opens the lines of communication and creates a connection between the horse and rider. It builds mutual trust and respect. When you lunge before riding you ensure that the horse is physically warmed up and mentally focused so that when you get on his back he is ready to go right to work.