The comments about the herd that I found interesting were:
"When she was introduced, she was still young enough that no one was very mean to her, but just let her know that she was bottom of the pack." Then at the end of the description she says, "with aging horses soon to be top dog."
Oh yes, this caught my attention as well. She made it sound like oldest horses are always the leader simply based on their age which I already knew is 100% not true. It all comes down to their personalities and breed, color, etc.
Now, I'm not saying she's wrong and I'm not necessarily disagreeing with her. There is a lot about herd dynamics that I don't know. But I look at my own herd. I have a 6 year old, a 10-15 year old and a 27 year old- all mares. The 6 YO is the top dog and my 27 YO is the bottom. Granted, it's a very small herd, but it is the exact opposite as what she described.
Ive observed a lot at the old barn and from what I noticed there it was always the most dominant horse of the herd that is the leader.
She definitely has you on experience, but give yourself some credit it the amount you have learned in such a short time.
Thats true. ANd I dont know how many years shes been working with horses (from the sounds of it, just about all her life), but her and I have different approaches. For instance, she doesnt know Im reading books.
And I agree with the others about the term "roundpenning." I believe you can accomplish the same things in an arena that you can accomplish in a round pen and vice versa. I think a round pen can be a useful tool, but it's not necessary for training.