Linda has spoken very true about the round pen. You can go clear back to the ground work with your horsr and build a new relationship. Anothe trainer to check out is Clinton Anderson. There are several equine trainers on the DISH satelite network on channel RFD TV. redd
> I'm glad you are on top of the
> safety issue.
> Just sitting here thinking. You
> probably lunge her on a lunge rope
> or lead, right? If so, I think you
> will see a difference once she is
> worked loose in a round pen. At
> least, I hope you will.
> We have, over the past couple of
> years, pretty well gotten out of
> the cattle busines. We are now
> "wasting" our money on a
> few horses. We've always had
> horses to ride for pleasure and to
> work cattle, but now have a couple
> of mares and more horses than two
> old folks need.
> When I saw which direction our
> horse population was going, I
> insisted on buying a round pen. We
> actually had accumulate the round
> pen panel by panel - just bought
> the panels as we could afford to.
> We now have about a 25 foot
> diameter round pen, which is
> barely adequate, but workable. Two
> more panels and we'll have the
> size I want. The round pen has
> unbelievably simplified my life.
> If a horse is acting up just a
> bit, or isn't focused, I can put
> it in the pen for 10 minutes and
> life is so much nicer. Well worth
> the money & sweat to earn the
> I was talking with our horse
> trainer friends' 12 year old son
> about round pens the other day. I
> told him I sometimes have to
> remind my husband not to store hay
> or otherwise utilize the round pen
> for any reason other than working
> a horse. He laughed and said,
> "My mom won't let us put
> ANYTHING in the round pen, except
> a guest's horse for a short time.
> She wants it available to use
> whenever she needs it."
> I hope you can get your round pen
> one of these days. You will love
> it! Meanwhile, it's worth it to do
> what we did for several years -
> load up the horse and drive to
> where there is a round pen
> available to use. Knowing how
> difficult it can be to not have a
> round pen, we have told all of our
> close horse owning friends they
> are welcome to use ours anytime.