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    02-18-2012, 11:46 PM
Horse drifts to gate...

Not really an English riding topic, but horse has a bad tendency to drift toward the gate while in the arena. When I try to put him back on course he pulls on my hands. What should I do?
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    02-19-2012, 12:01 AM
Green Broke
Close that leg and don't let him do it, that's what I have been taught.
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    02-19-2012, 12:04 AM
Take him to that gate and work him. Hard. He thinks that gate is where he gets to relax, leave the arena, and be untacked. He needs to not think that.
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    02-19-2012, 12:15 AM
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When he drifts to the gate, he is leading with his outside shoulder (called "popping" his shoulder). When you pull on the inside rein to pull him away, you are popping that shoulder even more. You cannot solve this with your hands. As was already said, you need to fix it with your outside leg. When he "bows" out, put your outside leg at the girth and push (or kick, if needed) to push that shoulder back, straightening him out. Then ride the straighter horse forward past the gate. After several strong "straightenings" he may see that as an unpleasant thing to try.
    02-19-2012, 12:59 AM
All of the above. Seriously.
    02-20-2012, 12:09 AM
Green Broke
Yup, what Allison said is what my trainer means by close that leg. One of the barn guys I ride is gate magnetized.
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    02-20-2012, 01:35 PM
Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Take him to that gate and work him. Hard. He thinks that gate is where he gets to relax, leave the arena, and be untacked. He needs to not think that.
I agree and would go one better. Take him out through the gate, get halfway to the barn, then turn around go back to the arena and make him sweat right by the gate.
    02-20-2012, 03:40 PM
Lol the last time my horse tried to pull gate problems on me she spent the next half and hour getting her butt scooted around in a circle until she was THRILLED to get to go work in the arena.
    02-20-2012, 09:37 PM
All of the above. Close the door. Outside leg, outside rein, carry crop on outside, ride shoulder out if necessary to get your point across that this will not be allowed to continue.

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