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    05-16-2012, 10:42 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
We use our round pen for free working horses, as a controlled area to start or work green horses, a smaller contained area for lessons where horse or rider may be do distracted or not coordinated enough to be in indoor or outdoor arena.

The round pen is great with a young horse that has no forward. The rider can focus on forward instead of a specific direction. It's also a great area to collect a horse. The smaller diameter can enable a ride to keep the horse together instead of letting them get strung out in a larger area.

Also nice to start teaching a horse to move over objects as they have less room to avoid them.

We also have used it as a quarantine pen for new arrivals. Ours is situated between the barn and indoor arena with the outdoor running down one side. Sheltered and yet the new horse doesn't feel so lonely.

+1 -- We don't have a indoor. The ring is a great tool. This is their first home when we get new horses on the farm. Especially ones that have not been pastured and on grass.

The ring has been Big Blacks home since we brought him home. The previous owner had him on a hay and sweet feed diet due to their lack of pasture. We are slowly getting him back on grass.
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    05-16-2012, 10:47 PM
If I can't ride for whatever reason, I sometimes work my horses in one for a short time. Mine was useful when I bought Lenox (my giant of a Percheron), as she would BOLT when you tried to mount. In a roundpen, she could only go so far, and I spent a lot of time working with her on the ground in the pen before I felt she was ready for me to mount her outside of the roundpen. Now she stands rock still until you ask her to move off your leg.
    05-16-2012, 10:51 PM
Please be a bit cautious-especially with horses that bolt, get fearful, etc. I also use a roundpen, but am pretty selective as to when they are "free" lunged. I had one jump out and get tangled in the panels.
    05-17-2012, 10:29 AM
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Offf topic a bit, but my goodness is Big Black a beauty! Wanna send him over here? ;D
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    05-17-2012, 10:47 AM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
Offf topic a bit, but my goodness is Big Black a beauty! Wanna send him over here? ;D

Thanks, he's new to the farm. He's a touch cow-hocked, but we love him! - Had a couple people think he was Percheron and Friesian X , but I still think he's just Percheron.
    05-17-2012, 11:38 AM
Well right now I use mine as a small pasture/pen for my horses in my barn. But this summer when my barn is finished I hope soon! Like in a few weeks, it will go outside and I will work my 5 year old and my moms 3 year old to gain muscles and for ridding untime my horse feels safe outside of an fenced in area while ridden.
    05-17-2012, 11:55 AM
I like a round pen to work horses for halter.

Thread mills and lunging can shorten thier stride if used to much.

I also like the stopping and turning.

My "round pen" was square and just a little larger but, the same idea.
    05-17-2012, 12:05 PM
I also like to do turns and roll backs with my moms horse in them.
    05-17-2012, 12:10 PM
Round pens are small scale mobile arenas. Some are square, some are round. The NH movement brought a "pen, training lot, breaking pen, corral and assorted other terms " into the limelight as a round pen.

It's a great way for those of us without an arena to still have the option to free lunge a horse, train at liberty, teach directional changes while free lunging using only non verbal/body position, emergency quarantine/dry lot, holding pen, etc.

Their biggest draw to me is mobility, if you use the panels to create one. It can be dismantled and moved by a single person. It doesn't take a degree in physics, a truck load of tools, carpentry skills, or a super amount of strength to assemble/disassemble. A panel can be used as an emergency gate. Remove one, fasten to gate posts, drag the others closed, re-pin and go back to working your horse until you can replace the gate. They make awesome temporary pastures and the mobility means you can rotate in a flash. Unpin the panels, drag where needed, re-pin and poof fresh grass. Temporary sectioning of pastures is another plus.

Changing the shape is another plus. It's easier IMO to teach a horse to turn to me, rather than away, when there is no corner for them to run to. Yet if I need to teach a little more bend in the corners, drag panels and make a square or rectangle. It all depends on my needs at the moment. *shrugs* They are versatile. Anything I can get multiple functions from, for the price of panels, is a plus in my book.

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