I am possibley getting a very fearful horse soon and i believe that he would really benefit from the round pen technique. However the problem is we don't have 1.
We do have a menage which is 80 foot x 40 foot. I thought if i can block half the school off with tape attatched to a few jump stands would this work. It would make to pretend round pen approx 40 foot x 40 foot.
Opinions greatly appreciated.
I wouldn't do that. With a regular horse, fine. But with a "very fearful horse"....nope.
A horse that's fearful will think BOLT and that means that there's a high chance for the horse to reel and try and bolt through your makeshift "wall" of tape (that can tangle him up and frighten him) while the jump stands fall over (and further freak him out)
If the horse is "very fearful" then I wouldn't advice getting him until you can get a real round pen, don't skimp or you may regret it....
Simply go without. You don't need a round pen. Actually, with a fearful horse, if you're not in a big hurry to get things done (shouldn't be anyway, right?)... then your 80 x 40 should work out just fine (as long as the walls to this is at least 6 ft high and solid, nothing that can break if the horse hits it,...should be high enough if the horse thinks to jump it if you pressure him too much, by accident)
You can simply start slow in the 80x40 area....lots of approach and retreat....talking hours worth....days worth....of approach and retreat....til you can walk up to the horse without his leaving....and halter him and then rub him down with a training stick or a whip, etc....