Gate Sour! Help!
Hey guys! I need some help here, as am completely stumped. My barrel horse will not go in the gate! He starts to side pass and backup despite my kicking. If I pull out my over under whip he rears up. Once he is in the gate he is an angel, it's just getting him in there. My last few shows I have had to have someone walk him in, and it is really embarrassing. I need things I can do at home in the field, because there isn't much discipline I can do at a show because they are usually packed and I will end up hurting someone if I try to circle or anything. I have tried working with him at home. I set up a replica "gate" in front of the barrels, but I usually get the same reaction. Below are some of the strategies that I have been told to try and how they have worked out.
.Work him if he doesn't go in-He is a Morgan/QH and has incredible endurance. Every time he wouldn't go in and I ran him, I could just hear him saying "I could do this all day." Honestly, I started getting side pains before he got the message.
.Circle him- This went the same as the above strategy. I got dizzy and he still refused to move.
.Get out the whip-This just made him frustrated. Each horse has a different personality. With my mare, if I whip her, she straightens up and thinks, "Oop, time to learn, I better listen!" But with him, he says, "What is going on? Why is she using that!? I need to get away from that! I'll run to the barn! Or away from the gate!" He looses any sense of focus he had before and after I pull out the whip, there is no hope of him learning anything the rest of the day. No, I do not hurt my horses with the whip, but he was abused with a whip by somebody else, so that might be part of the problem.
.Standing patiently and inching forward- Turns out horses can stand for HOURS! I got bored, and it takes hours to take it slowly.
I have lunged him through and around the gate. Take away the barrels and he if fine! But if there are three barrels on the other side of that gate, good luck getting him through! Any help is awesome! Thanks!