Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Agreed COMPLETELY with RiosDad. Those panel or pipe see-thru pens are fine if you're an English rider putting your horse around for some exercise, but they are downright dangerous and counter productive if you're working a snorty bronc or untouched youngster - or heck, even a flighty greenbroke one!
I absolutely hate them. I've been forced to use them my entire life, and it always puts a loop in the training because I don't push as hard as I'd like because I'm having nightmares of a horse trying to go over or through it. Those panels should be used for makeshift pens for broke horses and nothing more. Horses have a HORRIBLE habit of getting a "hero complex" about themselves and seeing all that wide open space makes them believe they can get away from you by attempting to jump or just flat out crashing the gates. It's also impossible to properly work a youngster in a pen like that if other horses are standing around screaming, calling and the activity is bustling.
When I have my own place, I swear, be ****ed the cost, I am having a PROPER roundpen built. If my horse was going well enough to go into the steel panel ones, I could just lunge him for gosh sakes!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.