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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
Read the following twice because everybody will be guilty of it at some point and to a certain extent: There's only one way to screw up round penning and that is for you to get lazy. If you are not absolutely committed to losing some fat yourself on Monday, then begin on Tuesday. Round penning is, quite simply, hard work for both you and your horse. Your horse will be taxed by the exercises, sure, but you'll be pushed as well. Change in the round pen is contingent upon you making corrections immediately. If your horse unilaterally decides to turn back to the left – and you wait 12 strides to get that "thought" fixed before turning the horse back, then you'll be working out there a very, very long time. Every moment you are in your horse's company he is learning from you, whether for good or bad. And, the fact is, allowing the horse to simply wallow through his lessons will do more harm than good. You'll be working your tail off to create a giant slug who drifts through your commands and who thinks that "maybe you don't really mean it." By contrast, immediate corrections will accelerate and solidify your training. Get that horse to immediately turn back if he missteps or speed him back up, should be break his gait, and you'll be consistently moving toward that goal of "showing him who's boss."