So I've been getting some flack at the barn for running my girl in the round pen about 10 minutes prior to riding her. The way I see it, is that she is young, she is untrained, and she has endless energy, so why not set her up for success?
She responds better to cues and is easier to ride after she's been in the pen. She just has more focus this way instead of having the attention span of a fruit fly.
Apparently this a horrible idea and I should be teaching my horse "the right way" to do things and not make her dependant on being lunged in order to be easily rideable. It was suggested that I just get on her and show her who's boss if she is too hyper so she doesn't think she can "get away with it".
I have to admit, I just don't understand what the big deal is. I figured that once she has matured and is consistent with her cues it should be easy to wean her off of the constant lunging. Or am I off base with this?
It never occurred to me that this would be a questionable idea!