One of the most effective tools that you can use in your groundwork horse training is to utilize the round pen. There are a few basic reasons for this, but perhaps the most important is that a round pen provides a safe environment where we can establish leadership with our horses. Assuming that the panels are good ones with no sharp edges and the pen is set up so that there are no corners where a horse can become “trapped”, a round pen acts as a small area where a horse can move without restriction.
The first principle when training a horse in the round pen is to do it “at liberty”. What this means is …