Originally Posted by azarni
That's too bad! Yeah, that's a problem you don't want to get into. My mare is totally sound, fitting tack, everything. But she has started getting mad when I ask her to work (aka .. canter past the gate). We've escalated from ear-pinning to several mini bucks. She is smart enough to know that it's working, and it's not a fun problem to deal with!
Not trying to steal the thread, but do you just keep riding past the gate, or do you try to make it uncomfortable for her to "want" to be there?
My mare will 'hint' that she would rather be at the gate sometimes, as well, so I just work her a little harder while we are at the gate, and then we'll move past it once she is relaxed again, and rest at the opposite end of the gate. I will also walk her around the arena, and when we are getting toward the gate get her working again, so she associates the gate with "more work", thus changing her mind frame from wanting to be there, to not wanting to be there and leaving, or riding past it willingly.