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.