11-26-2012, 03:26 PM
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I also agree with Cherie, aggression in horses is caused by how the people handle them, not simply because they were round-penned. I've dealt with many horses, some unhandled and some spoiled. I've never had an unhandled horse even hint at acting aggressively against me. Some of the horses I've handled that had already been through one trainer or horses that had their owners buffaloed would be the hardest ones to deal with.
But you know how I dealt with it? I put them in the round-pen and handled them properly. It didn't take long for them to figure out that the ear pinning, striking, and charging wasn't going to cut it with me.
The one that I most commonly discuss is my Mustang Dobe. I got him as a 3 year old stud from the people who had adopted him. They had good intentions, but they didn't have the knowledge or ability to handle a wild stud. After the first few times when they pushed him too hard trying to catch him, he started to show aggressive tendencies since there was no flight option for him. Once he started doing that and he realized that a well-timed charge and bared teeth would make them leave him alone, it became habit and got worse. After a couple of days of proper handling and one 'come to jesus' meeting, he straightened up and has never pinned an ear at me since.
So, like others have said, the round pen has absolutely nothing to do with aggression issues. It's nothing more than a matter of proper handling/training versus improper handling/training.