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post #1 of 38 Old 03-13-2011, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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Training tip / Poor Man's Round Pen

This is for people who would like to work their horse in a round pen but for some reason don't have one for whatever reason. All you need is two trees or two tall strong poles in the ground to string a tight line. The line should have a loop made in the middle that would hang equal distance between the trees. Then tie a lead rope from the loop hanging down just far enough that you can reach it from the ground. Make sure lead rope has a good strong snap on it and not one of those little cheap ones. Tie your horses rope to the hanging lead adjusting length as needed and Wa-la, instant round pen.

I believe the picture is self explanatory but you can contact me with questions. It's an old trainer's trick called a "High Line" or "poor man's round pen".

It works great and your horse will think your Superman! Just watch out for the line for safety's sake.

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I think it's name sort of lies, because it's not really a round pen. That just seems like a way to tie your horse, not really a circular pen to excersize or hold your horse. (I was confused when I saw the picture. Sort like "hey, that doesn't look like a roundpen.. Oh wait, that's probably because it isn't." xD)

Clever for trail horses, but I don't think I'd really use it at my farm because I never have any need to tie my horses up. If they have a leadrope on they pretty much know not to go anywhere.

But a good tip for others, I suppose. ^^
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I am not normally one to get involved in a discussion of conflicting ideas or opinions, but this concept of a makeshift "round pen" strung between two trees is disturbing. I can see a lot of accidents and potential danger in such a "round pen" structure. A "high line" has nothing to do with a training tool. A "high line" is used in horse camping facilities granted strung from tree to tree and we have done this many times over the years.
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I agree with candandy. It's used for trail riding (especially overnight), but I've never seen or heard it to be used as "round pen". The long lead line makes much safer "round pen" somewhere in field or in ring (if one is afraid of horse to pull out free). ibedoc, could you, please, post links to any trainer using that as a round pen or suggesting it?

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It is not High Line like you would use for camping as the horizontal line is about 14 feet high. When you tie your horse to it they can swing out almost to the trees in a large circle adjusted to suite the trainer. Then you can work your horse in a circle just like a round pen but "no pen". Very affective and works very well.
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Mmmmmm, doesn't get my vote.

My idea of a poor mans round pen.........a lunge line, which was all I had to use for the majority of my horse riding life, I've owned horses on and off for 20 years, had a round pen for the last 4.
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doesnt really make any sense to me. if youre gonna do that just use a lunge.

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It is not High Line like you would use for camping as the horizontal line is about 14 feet high. When you tie your horse to it they can swing out almost to the trees in a large circle adjusted to suite the trainer. Then you can work your horse in a circle just like a round pen but "no pen". Very affective and works very well.
why not just use a lunge line?
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Perhaps this will be more explanatory. There are a lot of experienced trainers who use round pens. And some of the real old guys use this. If you want to hang onto a lunge line while you train a green horse that's fine but I'd rather concentrate on the horse. It's just an alternative especially nice for beginner trainers who don't have access to a round pen.

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I agree with candandy. It's used for trail riding (especially overnight), but I've never seen or heard it to be used as "round pen". The long lead line makes much safer "round pen" somewhere in field or in ring (if one is afraid of horse to pull out free). ibedoc, could you, please, post links to any trainer using that as a round pen or suggesting it?
I'm sorry I can't point you to anyone using it. I got it years ago from an old trainer from Wyoming who said that "back in the day" it was used a lot. I tried it out of curiosity and it was great. I've even used it on camping trips to work with someones green horse. I know camping lines are also called high lines but this is a real High Line.
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