A Round Penning Lesson with a Horse and a...Rooster?

Posted by Paige Cerulli

If you've ever wondered what goes into round penning a horse, this rooster provides an excellent demonstration of body position and control. 

Round penning is a popular training technique which is often used when working with young horses or when reinforcing training on older horses. In order to round pen a horse, you typically stand in the middle of the pen and use your body position and body language to send the horse around you in circles.

With some practice and an understanding of how your horse reads body language, you can control how fast the horse travels, where he stops, how he moves, and even when he turns and travels in the other direction.

It's best to learn round penning techniques by watching an experienced trainer working a horse in a round pen. But then again, you could watch the rooster in this video.

He does quite a good job at demonstrating control over the horse's direction and speed, and even manages to get the horse to turn around a few times. Take a look at this video and the fun commentary - make sure your volume is up!

When round penning a horse, it's important to make sure that you have a safe area to work in. You'll need a round pen which is an appropriate height so that the horse isn't tempted to jump out. Many trainers prefer round pens with solid panels in order to minimize outside distractions.

Round pens come in various sizes, so be sure that the pen you are using isn't too small - sending a horse around in a tight pen can quickly tire him and even put him at risk of injury.

Don't forget to also consider the footing in the round pen. You'll want to use a pen with good, even footing so that the horse has enough traction to balance himself as he moves.

When you do start to round pen a horse, ask an experienced trainer to watch and help you learn correctly. Once you've mastered round penning, you'll have access to an important training tool.

A Round Penning Lesson with a Horse and a...Rooster?