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        05-26-2013, 11:24 PM

    Okay well first run went well, decent time, he hung up around second. Running home I checked him up, he ran right to my boyfriend and stopped.

    Second run, did AMAZING, ran awesome. Running home he kept running, ran right into the closed gate!! He acted like he was about to jump it.

    Under pressure he seems to buckle, he's so good at his job though. I realized that I've never ran him under pressure at home so I tried it today to see what happened, well he blew off third and headed straight to the side gate where people were standing.

    I made him do it again and he didn't hustle as fast but I held him off third and like usual we got to the end, I said whoa and he stopped. Of course we didn't come in to a gate on that side of the arena. So at a run he books it for the gate and tries to get the heck out!

    I got videos of the two "pressure him hard" runs at home.

    Chiro/Vet/Farrier= No pain

    Running off third:

    Will post other in a moment
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        05-27-2013, 12:14 AM
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        05-27-2013, 08:52 AM
    He can hustle so you don't need to work on that. Try walking down to the far barrel then walking back so you can control straightness. I would practice only this to get it into his head. I hope you are mostly trail riding to keep his mind fresh. What happens if you move the bottom barrel so that you start from the other end?
        05-27-2013, 09:35 AM
    First, I see a few things. To me it looks like he is getting so bored that he telling you something. I would try something different. Maybe do some weaving in and out of the barrels. Do some other gates. Mix things up for a bit. Next, If I were I would take the tie down off. Think like this, what does a horse need to run. His head. So if you keep a tie down on it can put a lot more strain on the horses back, next and body. Let him have his head. Teach him to come down when you want him to.
        05-27-2013, 12:03 PM
    Well I give lessons on this horse and he gets trail ridden and rarely sees barrels. He is such an awesome horse and has never had gate issues with anyone but me, but then again I'm the only one who RUNS him, he would much rather have a kid on him lol.
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        05-27-2013, 01:34 PM
    ^^That right there tells me a lot. Perhaps he's just the type of horse who's heart isn't in the thing that he's great at. Does he seem like he enjoys running or does it seem like he's just doing it only because you are telling him to?

    From what I can see in the vid, he's doing the job, but he's not really trying. His heart just doesn't seem to be in it.

    Some horses, even though they may be fantastic at a certain job (physically), don't enjoy that particular job so they half-ass it and get out of it whenever they can. He may just be telling you "I'll do the job if you make me, but I am much happier doing other stuff".
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        05-27-2013, 01:41 PM
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        05-27-2013, 01:57 PM
    Try circleing him to the left or right when you finish its easier on them helping them to come to a natural stop
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        05-27-2013, 03:11 PM
    I think you're right. He LOVES running but when I put him under pressure he just can't handle it. After being my main horse for 8 years maybe it's time to only let the kids play on him. This kind of sucks.
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        05-27-2013, 04:44 PM
    Weanling this at home or at runs when he's doing this
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