The only difference in a round pen and a square pen is that round pens don't have corners
What awesome powers of observation you have!!
I don't personally get the hype with having a pen sans corners. Having corners just means you have to be more careful to be clear about your signals, so they don't get 'hung up' in them
. Come to think of it, think I prefer corners, yards with obstacles, etc for that reason too. I too don't like the idea of 'round penning', as some do it, forcing a horse to run 'away' from you in circles until it 'submits'.
Reading the responses. I don't have a round pen. So if I do have to do something like round penning it takes a lot of physical effort on my part.
Would like one, makes life easier.
I just don't get what's so good about a round pen - what is it about them that you think would make for less effort from you?
I agree, that if you're not running a horse in circles, then a pen is fine for a horse of any age, but if you're intending to lunge your horse, I'd wait until it's reasonably mature to do more than a little slow trotting, build up to hard work gradually & be conscious of & careful to avoid too much wear & tear from work that is hard on joints... & mind too, in unhelpful ways, IMO!