I have a rather big problem with my green broke qh ALWAYS heading for the gate when working whether its under saddle or while doing groundwork/lunge work.
The breaker was the first one who told me about the problem and I was hoping that it would settle down but its that bad that im soon going to be carted off in a jacket that buckles up in the back and put in a padded room lol
When doing work on the ground he can not concentrate because he is always heading for the closest gate he can find which is frustrating as there is 4 gates within sight of where we mainly work. At the moment we are doing a lot of lunge work as he came home from the breakers early because I was in no way happy with the way they were treating him eg; hobbling him to lunge him?????? What the??? I couldnt understand this and they couldnt give me a decent reason for this and coupled with many other issues I bought him home. We are continuing work and while he is fine under saddle in most ways we still have work to do obviously. Anyways, getting off track. I am working him with side reins to help fix his mouthing problems and teach him his head set etc he knows how to lunge but EVERY single time he gets to the point along side the gate he turns and stops.
First time I thought ok, ill just push him past that point and keep him going. Sounds easy. Wrong. Every time I try and push him past it we have the sme problem. He charges at me and at times will strike out. He is a stallion so I expect some questionable behaviour but its getting tiresome. And yes, he is getting gelded but we have an issue with that at the moment. But that will be in another post and bears no significance to this thread. On the odd occasion he will do a few circles before he stops but this is very rare.
When riding he is the same only I can keep him going better under saddle. But still every time he tries to stop at the gate and if its not the gate it will be wherever we have saddled up. Even if im riding him in the round yard and we saddled up out of the round yard he will still pull to the general area of where he was saddled.
Everything is about getting away from working. That part I have figured out but I've tried everything I can think of now to get him working past it but its not getting any better. On the odd occasion that he will seem to forget about it for a bit I get excited and think there has been some sort of breakthrough and then as soon as I think that he will pull his crap again.
Any ideas to help will be greatly appreciated