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Re: [RC] re: hobbling to saddle - Barbara McCrary

I once had a 6-month old Arab colt that was semi-wild.  I could barely catch him in a small paddock and I couldn't handle him much.  We took him to a NH trainer who proceeded to round-pen him for 1-1/2 hours at a dead run, with roll-backs for direction changes.  At the end of that time, he was so exhausted that he gave in.  He also came up lame the next day and never took another sound step for the next three years.  He was sent to UC Davis as a medical specimen.
I now realize that my complete lack of knowledge as to the damage that could be done to a young horse running in circles like that was his undoing.  IF I had known, I would have stopped the trainer, but I didn't know.  I have always felt guilty about that......
Barbara McCrary
Ride manager, Swanton Pacific 75/100
"The most beautiful trail in the world"
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2003 10:47 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] re: hobbling to saddle

In a message dated 4/11/2003 12:30:35 AM Central Daylight Time, DESERTRYDR1@xxxxxxx writes:

I learned with my first mare that lunging, or round
penning doesn't necessarily teach the horse anything if they are dashing
around frantically at top speed.  All it does is give you a very fit horse
who doesn't have a clue what its supposed to be doing. 

And sometimes a very fit horse with lameness issues from all that running around in tight circles....

Re: [RC] re: hobbling to saddle, Merryben