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    08-06-2012, 02:44 PM
barrel horse alley way issues

I got my new barrel horse in march and at first she had no alley issues. Then after going to shows with alleyways she started to act really bad in the gate. She usually just turns her head to the left and will just stand there looking at my leg and won't move no matter how hard I try and get her to go through. So then we have tried waiting for everyone in front of us to go and then I start trotting right away so she would not hesitate. Now she is starting to catch on to what we are doing and won't even trot in. I usually can get her to go through after a while but that is only if I run her through the gate. She won't let anybody lead her in even if they have horses. It really sucks because I go to alot of places that don't let you run through the gate. Is there anyway I can get her to just calmly walk in without her hesitating or running through?!
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    08-06-2012, 02:58 PM
Welcome Barrel!!!

My suggestion is just simulate the alleyway with a few corral panels. Then parctice, practice, practice. Then up the stimuli, add bags and people maybe a loud radio. Just get the horse settled down. Now that said you are riding a race car, don't expect a ferrari to drive like minivan.
    08-06-2012, 03:04 PM
What type of work do you do OUTSIDE of the arena? Do you go trail riding? Do you do work away from the barrels?

Sounds like she's arena sour and doesn't want to run. Try stepping away from the barrels and fast work and go back to something that'll be different and exciting for HER.

Other then that, I can't tell you much without seeing a video of exactly what is going on.
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    08-06-2012, 03:10 PM
Thanks, but I never practice barrel racing at home, mainly what you said, I do trail riding and a lot of flat work! We do not have an arena at home it is just a pasture with a gate leading out to it from the barnyard!
    08-06-2012, 03:13 PM
Thanks for your suggestion, that is what we were going to start trying
    08-06-2012, 05:33 PM
Green Broke
Maybe she just doesn't enjoy her job? Barrel racing can be a mentally stressful job or maybe she associates it with some kind of pain (yanking, kicking, or maybe something with her own body). If she has no other issues outside of barrel racing its a pretty real possibility.
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    08-06-2012, 05:38 PM
If you start a thread in the barrel race area here maybe some of the others ther can help you.. I saw a clinton anderson Alley way segment on RFDTV
Now I am not really a fan of his but I did like what he did to help the horse out.. see if you can find that segment I will look too
    08-06-2012, 05:56 PM
Critter Sitter: What was the episode called?
    08-06-2012, 05:58 PM
SlideStop: Like I said its some sort of issue with the alley way not the barrel racing itself. She loves to do it and really tries hard, its just the alley way makes her nervous!!!
    08-06-2012, 06:05 PM
Green Broke
What happens when the ally way isn't there.
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