Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
I would suggest that a 12 foot rope is not enough, it is really hard for an unbalanced horse to do a tight circle (with you in the middle, it makes it 24' circle). Your average round pen is a lot larger - like the 60' range, requiring a 30' rope.
Might not sound like a lot, but it is in terms of balance from the horse who has to bend in and respond. The tighter the circle the harder on the horse.
Other than that, if the horse is bolting, and you can't control that, I would pull in the lunge line til I could stop it. Do you have the lunge attached to a bit?
If not, change the order of movement as soon as the bolt starts with a lunge whip ahead of the horse to change its direction.
Keep on changing so bolting is harder work than listening, but you have to be on it, the second it shows signs. Then run the horse on with the whip behind it.