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    01-10-2012, 04:22 PM
Do you need a round pen to start teaching them that, or will a flattish field be ok as I don't have a round pen or the means to make one.
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    01-10-2012, 04:28 PM
Originally Posted by rbarlo32    
Do you need a round pen to start teaching them that, or will a flattish field be ok as I don't have a round pen or the means to make one.

I think much of this can be started with a single line in an open field.
Of course this depends on you and the horse.
    01-10-2012, 04:33 PM
Ok thank you
    01-10-2012, 04:51 PM
Ugh, wish I was near there!!
    01-10-2012, 04:58 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
To what end? The horse freaks and ends up with a nasty rope burn -- or worse?

Which is less? Adding a saddle or surcingle to prevent the error or a lame, possibly terrified horse that you can't ride for days - weeks - ever?
If you have never done this I can't expect you to understand. When I was 12 I watched my trainer do it once and then she handed the lines over to me (it was my horse she was teaching me to break). It takes some care on the handlers to keep the outside line longer, inside shorter, and be able to transition smoothly when you change directions, but it is a great technique for the horse when the person knows what they are doing.

Your claims of a lame horse are a little exaggerated I think. Especially in a round pen, what's the worse that could happen? Even if the horse somehow pulled away from you and you lost the lines, they would run around in circles. In my mind, it's no worse than a horse breaking away from you with a lead rope, which my mare has done several times. Like mare care was describing, that's why you desensitize the horse with one at first and move slowly, like and training technique.

Anything bad can happen with anything you do with a horse, we all know this. This is probably the least of them, assuming the handler is competent and has prepared the horse. Again, something that should be done with any training method.
    01-10-2012, 05:02 PM
Originally Posted by rbarlo32    
Do you need a round pen to start teaching them that, or will a flattish field be ok as I don't have a round pen or the means to make one.
I did this everywhere with my mare. I got her when she was born as a 10th birthday present so you can imagine I had plenty of time to wait until I could ride her. When she was about two we started breaking her to the saddle and such and then for a year I drove her with the lounge lines. We started in the round pen until she was comfortable and eventually went from that, to fields, to trail obsticals, and even to the road.

Just some fun facts ^ :) marecare already answered the question haha I just found it a great tool when we were breaking snickers!

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