No its not, but not all horses will stay calm. My old gelding he will walk/trot right into the arena, no balking, rearing, spinning necessary. He just goes right in and makes his circle and takes off. My mare, she won't go, she'll rear maybe once, spin in a circle, then take off. My mare has never been over ran, never been yanked on or riled up at the gate, I don't even whip her going in the gate. It's just how she is. BUT if there's no room to freak out, she won't. I don't know why, just how she is. Also she's the perfect trail horse and anyother time she's a lazy pokey horse. Typically I'd perfer it if both my horses walked into the gate.