We don't have a round pen but we have a fenced off, mostly flat pasture area that is about the size of a small arena. When I want to actually work Chili, I ride her there.
My problem is that I cannot get her to maintain anything other than a walk. If I get her to trot, I can go the length of the "arena" (that's what I call it!) but not in the turn without urging and usually once she rounds the turn, she wants to go back to a walk.
Besides getting a crop - how can I maintain her gait?
The few times I've attempted to canter her was more in an open field and she wasn't having much of our riding and instead of cantering, took off at a full gallop-straight to the barn. Li'l turd!!!! Yes, I stopped her. I also then circled her in each direction and made her listen to me.
Until I get the bit/bosal/whatever under control, I don't want to do much more than a trot in the arena (or anywhere else) bc I can't turn her... she just wants to keep going in whatever direction she wants to go in!! Working on that at a walk and trot and she IS getting better .... But, as I stated, keeping her at a trot is difficult.