Question on starting my yearling's in The round pen - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 03-14-2012, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 49
• Horses: 0
Question on starting my yearling's in The round pen

Yes I have two yearling's that I have just started in the round pen, I am doing leading exercises, leading, stopping, backing up, flexing the head, putting blanket on them, my real question is my round pen is 60' I am lunging them on a lung line is this OK and for how long should I do this and should it be done every day I am new a training and I don't want to do anything to hurt them this was there first day and they both did really good. And also should you ever reword with threats while doing this to get started.
LadyRichards is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 Old 03-14-2012, 06:06 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 41,070
• Horses: 2
Ok, here's my also non-trainer opinion;
If lunging, I would not go more than a trot, and for a short time. Are these coming two year olds? or young yearlings? I think there's a pretty big difference there.
I think rewarding with treats might not be such a good idea. Young horses are even more prone to impulsive action and might have a hard time not becoming too mouthy.

Now, let's hear from those that really ARE trainers.
tinyliny is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 03-14-2012, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 49
• Horses: 0
they are just turned year old, and Im not going to do the treats again, thought against that also. I agree with the trot but that is hard because they want to get out all the built up energy maybe I should lunge on a shorter line.
LadyRichards is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 03-14-2012, 06:20 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 2,964
• Horses: 3
also non trainer, but started lots of my own:

a couple laps is ok at a walk/trot, but i wouldn't do more then that. keep sessions short and possitive, you want them to have a good oppinion of work when you go to start them. Personaly i dont do much with them as yearlings except showing them the blanket and saddle and getting them well mannered with people. best to let them be horses as much as possible.
BlueSpark is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 03-14-2012, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 49
• Horses: 0
Yes I think you are right I'm going to hold off on the lunging for right now just easy stuff for right now, I defiantly don't want them to hate work, but would like to hear more. Thank you all
LadyRichards is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 03-14-2012, 07:03 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 264
• Horses: 2
Shorter lounge line means a smaller circle, and smaller circles are harder on young joints.

My opinion is let your horses decide how much work they do. If they want to play and use a lot of energy, let them, use it to your training advantage, but don't ever push them beyond what they want to do. Also, if you get the feeling they are over doing it, ask them to do slower exercises, like neck flexions and basic yielding.

Keep each session to an hour or less. IMHO, a young horse should NEVER drip with sweat after a lesson, I let my babies decide how active or how slow they want each lesson to be as long as they keep it within reason.

I make custom horsehair jewelry at
Fargosgirl is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 03-14-2012, 07:15 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Raceland, LA
Posts: 631
• Horses: 0
a 60' pen is fine.just make sure if they do step into a lope or run that they are in the correct lead so it won't be a problem for treats,leavethem in their feed tub for later.if they know you have them,they will come to the middle looking for them.

Live each day as if it is your last for tomorrow is not promised!
rob is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 03-14-2012, 07:45 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 286
• Horses: 0
Watch John Lyons Round Pen Training. Builds bonds and manners.

The Truth Harsher Than One Would Think
KissTheRing is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 03-14-2012, 07:51 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: NH
Posts: 692
• Horses: 0
Just turned a year old I certainly would not longe them at all I work solely on respect on the lead rope, loading/ unloading, bathing, clippers do some rope over the rump walk over tarps stuff like that. getting them to stand still is good. I wouldnt start working them on any longe line till they are 2 and then thats light stuff. Have to remember their mind set at this age. Think of the joints etc etc. If they are running all over the place when they go in the ring that right there tells you they are not ready for that stage yet.
PaintHorseMares and Foxhunter like this.
TimberRidgeRanch is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 03-14-2012, 08:11 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 8,175
• Horses: 3
Like others have said above, I would hold off on lunging them at that age. There is no need for them to be lunged on a rein at this stage.

The most work I do running my yearling in the roundyard, is following some of the John Lyon's method. Just getting him to move away from me, stop and turn when I ask. I do that maybe once a week/fortnight at the most. Otherwise, all my work with him is about desensitizing, and having him move away from pressure at close quarters.
Running a yearling in circles regularly is going to make a good mess of their joints.

~Horse & Hound Artistry~.

Kayty is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Starting question babyb Horse Training 43 01-25-2012 06:47 AM
Question on round penning and getting to it. lildonkey8 Horse Training 6 04-26-2011 06:35 PM
Round Pen Question, size. spookychick13 Horse Training 3 03-31-2011 11:57 AM
starting lessons - tall boot question sloane84 Horse Tack and Equipment 3 11-17-2009 01:53 AM
New here... round pen question! rands Horse Training 7 09-09-2008 11:23 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome