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    07-02-2012, 06:37 PM
These are all great ideas, thanks guys! I'll give an update after my next ride! :)
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    07-04-2012, 12:06 PM
My horse used to do this when I first got him and he didnt have much energy. Basically, your horse knows that the gate is the way out, and once he is out he gets to be lazy:) what I did with Rowdy is I began ti dismount in the. Enter of the arena only, and I NEVER rode him out of the arene, just led him. Also, I wouldnt stop the ride once we were out of the arena, but instead would take him to a different arena and continue. It only took abou 3 weeks and he doesnt do it anymore! Good luck
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    07-04-2012, 12:07 PM
Oops I ment " I would only dismount in the center of the arena" sorry im on my ipod:),,
    07-04-2012, 12:33 PM
Backing a horse thro the gate accomplishes nothing as he was still allowed to go where he wanted. It can be utilized to get him backing better or even sidepassing. In stead I'd ride to the far end of the arena and make him face the wall, even if some smacks were involved. Only when he settles and is relaxed is he allowed to leave whether I'm mounted or walk him. If he begins to rush, it's back to the wall again.
    07-04-2012, 01:58 PM
I copied this from another thread(extremely gate sour) with a similar situation. Good advice in that thread as well.

I would work his butt next to the gate, then take him away from it and let him stand and catch his breath. Pretty soon he will figure out he isn't getting away with anything. I am a huge stickler for not riding horses out of the arena. I always get off somewhere, loosen the cinch and lead them out. But even better is to loosen the cinch and leave them tied to the fence in the arena before leading them out. It gives them an chance to relax and not associate the arena purely with work and the gate being done. Also If you have multiple gates in your arena I always go out a different gate than I go in. And I switch it up constantly.
I have even taken it a step further by working a horse outside the arena, take him in, loosen his cinch and tie him in there for a while until he relaxes, then lead him out.
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    07-04-2012, 02:03 PM
Well, I also don't have an arena. I only have access to fields at my house, and only parts of them have good footing for riding, so only some of these suggestions will work for me. When I mentioned arenas I meant at events.
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    07-04-2012, 02:13 PM
Originally Posted by TristaJean    
Well, I also don't have an arena. I only have access to fields at my house, and only parts of them have good footing for riding, so only some of these suggestions will work for me. When I mentioned arenas I meant at events.
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Same concept for the pasture too. It is making where he wants to go work, and where you want to go easy on him. Pretty soon you will appeal to his lazy side and he will figure out that if he does it your way it is a lot easier on him.
    07-04-2012, 02:14 PM
But, a note: I worked with him yesterday in an area that didn't have any gates around it, and did some groundwork before my ride and he was better than he usually is, do I was thinking about kicking his butt with some groundwork before riding near a gate. I know it won't be practical for warmup rings, ect but maybe it'll work as far as starting to get his brain shaped up
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