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Round Penning: What Do I Do First?
Are you starting a young horse or re-training an older one? I strongly recommend making an investment of just $5.99 for my round-penning course.
- Download and print from your home computer
- 5 days, 5 chapters
- Learn at your own pace
An excerpt from Round Pen: First Steps
The round pen is all about building a better riding horse, so being the boss means that when you ask to stop or turn, your horse stops or turns. Not later. Now. Being the boss means that when something spooky happens, you're in control of those feet. It means that when his buddies take off he doesn't charge off with them. By contrast, you're "getting bossed" when your horse continually drifts to the arena exit, when he bolts at the sight of the neighbor's dog or when he takes off with his buddies on the trail. Same difference while leading your horse. John Lyons says "You ride the horse you lead" and truer words have never been spoken. The horse that bowls you over as he lunges for his feed is going to be a real handful on the trail the next time something spooks him or he gets it in his mind to run back to the stall.