Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Gracie, I would do it the way Smrobs suggested. Treat it like any other obstacle you might encounter on the trail, like a water crossing or bridge. Once in the arena I might change up my routine or maybe just walk around once or twice then out - no work.
It sounds like he is becoming ring sour and what you don't want to do is make it a battle. Kicking and kicking him, or leading him into the ring makes the habit more ingrained. He needs to become a willing partner and understand that you are the alfa horse. He needs to know that every time you go into the ring it will be pleasant and not necessarily a lot of work, either strenuous or mundane.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.
Last edited by iridehorses; 12-22-2008 at 08:18 AM.