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Re: Lunging up and coming..


You stated:<<<The fellow who'd raised him was roundpen happy.  ...I
wouldn't be surprised if his extensive time in the roundpen didn't

This is one of those "never say never" statements.

I take exception to this generalization and disparagement of pen work. I
spend a good amount time on pen work but it is not endless round 'n round
work. It is in hand ground work , lateral movements, collection, backing,
sidepassing and all done both on the lead line and free.  Then mounting from
the fence railing, walking under saddle learning cues and the like. None of
this work will lead to arthritis or unsoundness. In fact it is a good way to
strengthen and supple the horse so unsoundness is less prevalent.
It is more the intensive training methods, either in or out of the round pen
where the condition of the horse is disregarded that causes the problems,
not the use of the round pen.
Bob Morris
Morris Endurance Enterprises
Boise, ID
-----Original Message-----
From: Angela C. McGhee <>
Cc: <>
Date: Sunday, December 20, 1998 7:28 PM
Subject: Lunging up and coming..

> For ground work, you can
>>lunge him
>>or take him for walks.  Hey, you'll get exercise too.  Good luck.
>Lunging and roundpen work put torque on those joints.  Be careful.  Had a
>friend who started an unbroken 5 year old year before last.  The fellow
>who'd raised him was roundpen happy.  She did 4 50's on him and started
>having lameness problems.  The vet diagnosed arthritis.  She recently
>gave the horse away due to arthritic problems in a front fetlock...I
>wouldn't be surprised if his extensive time in the roundpen didn't
>Angie McGhee & Kaboot
>Wildwood, GA
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