How many of you who use a round pen have taken the time to slowly introduce the pen to your horse? Have you made it a pleasant relaxing place to be? Does the horse associate the pen with punishment? Many trainers advocate the use of the pen and run the horse until it is conducive to approaching the handler. Is this really the best way to do it? Has anyone ever considered working with the horse at liberty in a large area first and when that is working well, then moving on to the round pen? When done this way one can get an incredible connection with the horse because it is relaxed and is watching the handler. Just something to think about.