Beginning the Round Pen Exercise

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  • You can build a round pen out of any type of fencing materials you wish to use, though electric fencing is not recommended because horses occasionally brush up against the side of the round pen while exercising. The posts for your round pen should be between 8 and 16 feet apart. Railing stretches between each post. Permanent pens cannot be transported but are normally less expensive to construct than metal panel pens are to purchase. The downside of a permanent round pen is that you cannot move or change it once it is built. If you choose to build a permanent round pen, you will need to decide how far apart you want your posts to be. Your posts should be no less than 8 feet apart and no more than 16 feet apart. The closer the posts are together, the sturdier the round pen will be.

    We're not there to wear out or over-exert the horse more than necessary! The round pen should be considered a classroom, not a gymnasium! We are there to show horses the open avenue for voluntarily joining with the human and be at peace within themselves about that. What we are going to be doing there is a communication "dance," with precise body language on your part and knowing when to release the pressure there for certain responses in behavior. All horses learn from the what it is you want, not from the pressure itself! very important to memorize that in natural horsemanship training, because it will apply to everything you do with the horse when teaching them here in this round pen exercise, as well as in all other lessons you give the horse.

  • We're not there to wear out or over-exert the horse more than necessary! The round pen should be considered a classroom, not a gymnasium! We are there to show horses the open avenue for voluntarily joining with the human and be at peace within themselves about that. What we are going to be doing there is a communication "dance," with precise body language on your part and knowing when to release the pressure there for certain responses in behavior. All horses learn from the what it is you want, not from the pressure itself! very important to memorize that in natural horsemanship training, because it will apply to everything you do with the horse when teaching them here in this round pen exercise, as well as in all other lessons you give the horse.

    We're not there to wear out or over-exert the horse more than necessary! The round pen should be considered a classroom, not a gymnasium! We are there to show horses the open avenue for voluntarily joining with the human and be at peace within themselves about that. What we are going to be doing there is a communication "dance," with precise body language on your part and knowing when to release the pressure there for certain responses in behavior. All horses learn from the what it is you want, not from the pressure itself! very important to memorize that in natural horsemanship training, because it will apply to everything you do with the horse when teaching them here in this round pen exercise, as well as in all other lessons you give the horse.

    05-18-2010, 03:32 PM   #3
    RockwoodDawn
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    I think that you should just run though your basic round pen exercises and if he acts normally, check your saddle, flop/pop your saddle fenders, no reaction, then get on and ride. Don't ride too long as he is out of condiction, and you don't want him to get muscle sore. When you are riding gentely check him out as to where his training is now.
     

  • 05-18-2010, 02:12 PM   #1
    LittleJewel
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    Round Pen Exercises

    Just wondering if anyone has some quick and easy round penning excersices for a horse that is well trained but has been off for at least 4 years.

    She "joined up" well and will move arround the pen no issues. Fairly good Woa and transitions.

    Its been so long since I have "re-trained" a horse, I dont really know where to go from here.

    I guess im just used to young stuff!
     

    Yesterday we decided that it is time to get rid of the long line and start doing some round pen exercises. We have a pen which is about 10 meters across. I moved the sheep to the pen with Petsu, which took a little while since the sheep were not quite sure what the whole thing was about. Then it was Tykki's turn to move the sheep around a bit in the pen, and that went very nicely. He was keen but not overly excited, and started moving around the perimeter with a little guidance.

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