I have a mare that was hotter than a tasmanian devil going in....oh how that was the miserablest 2yrs of my LIFE. She would rear, spin, take off in the OPPOSITE direction of the gate. She was just a hot idiot (bought her that way....she was a dream until her lovely 30 day tranq wore off and we found out her TRUE colors were). After those 2yrs I started her over from the ground up. After that hard work she walked in, I just had to slowly work my way up as about the 2nd to last person before me ran so I could just go right in. But all hell would break lose if you had some idiot run infront of you as your trying to go in the alley....then the fight was on since I had to grab her. But other then that she would walk in for the most part.
So since that lovely experience I make sure my horses are calm and cool. I can't stand a horse that is out of control going in. JJ gets a little hot at times but usually just at 3 day races where he KNOWS what he is there for, he gets chargey so I have to hold him a little tighter going in but he usually settles in once he knows he isn't going anywhere. His thing is about 5 before me I can feel him puff up (not really in a hot way, but in a I'm Ready way), he may get a little antsy when we are waiting in the indoor while his eyes adjust but once they call my name and we are heading to the gate he walks right in.
This is a good video that shows how he goes in 99% of the time...
When we get home after a race we do slow work the following ride especially if he is getting hot during the heavy schedule time of year to get him back on track. Because he is the hot type of horse and if in the wrong hands could be one of the crazy tazmanian devil type horses that you are like....Woah really?.
I do NOT tolerate horses acting like idiots...it truely pisses me off more then anything when one starts acting out.
The other two are still early in training so they go in like durr duh dur. But when Scrat gets nervous he sorta is antsy but not hot....just his nerves sometimes get the best of him and he occasionally has a split second meltdown before he is like "oooooo kkkkk....I THINK I got this after all".
My expectations for my horses is to be calm, cool, and collect before they run and after they run (even though JJ is a puffed up, ADHD kid hyped up on Ice Cream and Mnt. Dew after he runs....he has a HILARIOUS swag and grows about 2 hands with his overflowing ego lol).
I don't want to be known as the girl with the crazy out of control horses, but the girl that's horses are calm and get the job done without a scene.