First time poster here from the mtns. Of SWVA. I am still in the midst of my round pen work and progressing well. Working on my seat in the trot and lope. Flexing him, getting him to break at the pole better and to become more responsive to the snaffle. Just working on a little bit of everything.
He is 7 years old and has been out of the round pen with me on him a couple of times last year. Last year when we did venture outside of the round pen he did want to run back to the barn uncontrollably and was stubborn to leave the round pen area. I was able to get him to do both but with great work. This year after working with him a great deal more in the pen I want to know when is a good time to try him outside the pen and what should I start first or what regiment should I fiollow once outside the pen? What should I absolutely have mastered before attempting to leave the pen? He is a really good horse and not aggressive in any way. I just don't want to build a great horse in the pen and then when I want to ride outside on the trails he is all confused and causes us both to go backwards or much worse get hurt.