Originally Posted by smguidotti
Are you lounging her? Or just letting her move around on her own? I have personally never been a big fan of [uncontrolled] round penning in general.
I think this is a great idea if you are helping your horse carry itself properly, however, letting them go around on their own could reinforce carrying themselves improperly, I.e. Hollowing out their back, dropping their shoulder, etc.
Also, even if your start your horse out with what YOU think is easy may be stressing him/her out . . . I would be careful...
I lunge her around, and she is pretty good about carrying herself well. Obviously, I don't do this daily or even weekly sometimes.
I've done this with my horses for about 2 years now and they have all been given amazing checks from their vets and chiros. Vets say it actually probably helps them a whole lot. I never ever do this over 30 minutes or so, and they get breaks in between. I know how far they can be pushed, and I stay away from that level.
It works, but I agree, you do need to be careful and use your brain when working horses like this. My horses also know certain cues that will send them around the obstacles rather than over them, so we sometimes lunge for 10 minutes and get maybe 2 dirt hills in. Sometimes I go heavy on the poles and not the jumps... I try to mix things up for them. Posted via Mobile Device