This is Money's second time longeing. He is currently in a rope halter though he has worn a bridle for a few minutes before, he just doesn't know enough about bits yet to make that big step. His comfort zone seems to be about 15 feet away from me, or closer. I'm trying to push him out a bit at a time, and won't be doing any cantering til he's out about 25 feet and will start/stop reliably at that distance (for the sake of his growing joints) .
In case you're wondering about the longe line - it's a 32 foot cotton rope. It is indeed heavier than a typical nylon line, but much safer in that if he was to have a "baby moment" and go for a hoon dragging the rope, there is next to no chance of getting anything more than a mild rope burn from this. (I've seen nylon longe lines nearly sever tendons if things go wrong).
He doesn't get reprimanded for mistakes because he is still trying very hard and has only been formally "in training" for a couple of weeks, so while the praise probably seems excessive to you hardcore cowboys, he's a very timid boy and seems to seek reassurance. He has never been deliberately naughty, either, so everyone here is just focusing on 100% positive to keep him confident and keep building trust. He is a smart boy!
And yes, you do hear another horse & rider galloping around in the field just off camera. That's just how awesome Mr. Money is, cool as a cucumber despite other horses kicking up their heels!
Money longeing at his foster home :) Who doesn't want to snap this boy up!?
Details via his awesome foster home: