Now, I do know what a Round Pen is, having recently returned from a house-hunting trip in Alberta and seen them all over the place!
However, my only knowledge of their use up to now has been in what in the UK is the field of Parelli-style-natural-horsemanship-join-up stuff. I've read about the join up exercise, and how this is best done in a Round Pen - but as they don't proliferate in the UK most people do their join-up-stuff in an arena.
The only circular stuff I do is 20 metre circles when schooling, but obviously these are part of other schooling exercises that don't stay on a circle so I wouldn't school in a Round Pen; and lungeing which I do in the arena, and I frequently utilise more of the school than one 20 metre circle.
BUT on this forum every other sentence (only a little exaggeration
) appears to include a reference to 'working in the Round Pen'. What do you all do in there so much??
Please enlighten me
partly so I understand what the lure of the Round Pen is, and partly because our house-hunting expedition finished with us buying a house with an arena, and yes! a Round Pen.
But unless I understand what on earth it is I'm meant to be doing in there, I think it might be converted to a Round Field Shelter. Or a Round Orchard. Or a Round pig pen. Or a Round cage fighting arena for my darling son and his mates.