Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I need to wax a little--seems like we all go overboard on a good thing. I use a ~ square training area. It's 55' x 65'. It's big enough to "round pen", but good for other training, too, like a small arena. I work out problems and I can loose-lunge and lunge on a line, AND school in it too.
I also use my rectangular fenced-in North Pasture. IT is 250' by 310'. (I know all of the dimensions bc in 2008 I had my property fenced in. I measured EVERYTHING so that they had enough materials to finish.)
THIS is big enough to do pretty much everything else, including driving IF I ever get the horse to do it. =b
Listen, you need ~50' diameter, but for some work the 15' will work, it's just Very Limited.
Round Pen work isn't everything. It's a good start and a good warmup and a good refresh-training area, but it will limit you.
Sometimes you have to use your body like your horse does to understand if the training is pleasant, useful or grueling, which over and over again round pen work CAN be. Try bending your body and jogging circles--it can really hurt. It stretches and contracts muscles and can get old and painful to your horse.
I like to make my horse work and please me AND have a good time doing it, too.
It's a means-to-an-end but not the end.