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    03-24-2012, 02:06 AM
  #11
Showing
No, a round pen is not necessary. It can be handy if you are dealing with a very green or unpredictable horse, but it's not necessary.

Truthfully, if the horse is trained enough to be trail ridden but just out of practice, I wouldn't worry about it. He should behave the same as he did the last time he was worked. If he doesn't, then his initial training wasn't good enough.
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    03-24-2012, 11:57 AM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
I have started hundreds of horses and have never had a round pen - nor would I ever want one. I cannot see the point in chasing a horse around an area whilst it is loose, I like to have control when lungeing via a line and voice.

As far as not knowing how your horse will react to the whip keep it low and there will be no problem.
A horse should not, when lungeing turn in towards you unless invited.

A horse when in a round pen should always have their attention on the handler.... So turning in on a change of direction a horse should turn to the inside not the outside.. Turning to the outside is disrespect for the trainer. You need the horse to look at you for guidance and direction. A horse shows his hind to me gets lots of work.
     
    03-24-2012, 12:06 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I've started a few dozen young horses and given tune-ups to many more. Never had a round pen.

I don't use the longe line much either.
     
    03-25-2012, 11:05 PM
  #14
Foal
I worked a long time without a round pen, but now that I have it, my life is so much easier.

I also free lunge and use a line outside of the round pen. But for starting youngsters or unpredictable horses (as already mentioned, I think), its a very valuable tool.

I love mine, and use it daily. But i'm not confined by it. Not having one shouldnt be an issue for you. :)
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    03-25-2012, 11:55 PM
  #15
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Round pens are for people and not horses.

If a person is competent, they can get as much or more done without one. I used to start upwards of 50 horses a year and never needed one. I put first rides on horses in square pen and still prefer one.

As I got older and got severe arthritis in my hands and had a difficult time hanging on to a rope, I put up a 60 foot round pen -- but it was for me.

I have had to re-train so many horses for people since round pens go popular that I believe they cause more problems than they help. We use this one now mostly to put a 5 minute 'warm-up' on a very green horse before riding them out in the open fields or trails. Lope them 2 or 3 laps each way and open the gate and head out. But, we also do not believe in longeing one before we ride them. After the first 2 or 3 rides, we seldom longe. Some, we never longe before riding. We teach them to longe but only so they know how and respect the line. We do not want it to be a part of their training routine before riding off.
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    03-26-2012, 02:14 PM
  #16
Trained
I'm going to say that not only do you not need a round pen you don't need to longe your horse either. I walk mine around me in a half circle a couple of times and then I get on and go. I don't believe in running the life out of a horse before I get on. I like the life and need it to do some of the things I want the horse to do.
     
    03-27-2012, 12:58 AM
  #17
Foal
It is not a need at all people think it is but it is not a need and ya it might be more easy to have a round pen but it is not a need .
     
    03-27-2012, 01:15 AM
  #18
Green Broke
I love our round pen. I put my girls in there a couple times a week for about 15 minutes. But you don't really need it. The same thing can be done in any arena or on a line. You shouldn't have to lunge a horse every time before you ride either.
     
    03-27-2012, 02:47 AM
  #19
Green Broke
I have one where I board, it's used as a turnout because nobody used it for anything else. Once in a blue moon a small kid would ride a pony in it (beginning rider) but other than that, it sat.

It's very handy though, currently being used as a hospital ward for my gelding who has a massive abscess. Soft, cushy footing and the inability to run around like a dolt made it a great place for him to rest and heal and WAY better than him being stuck in his stall all day.
     
    03-28-2012, 01:02 PM
  #20
Foal
I actually think lunging with a rope halter with a new horse is way easier than a round pen (ive done both) and I find they figure out how to turn into you much quicker when you do lunging right off the bat than with the roundpen if your nervous about his reaction to the whip you can always get some extra rope or a saddle blanket to drive him forward, otherwise if you desensitize him really good afterwards he should be fine
     

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