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post #1 of 7 Old 07-01-2012, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Circling before leaving arena

I've read somewhere that you can circle a horse every time before you leave the arena to teach them that they can't leave unless they've circled, like for a horse that wants to go to the gate. Does this work?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-01-2012, 11:29 PM
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Much easier to just not leave the arena while on the horse, and to dismount somewhere in the middle of the arena so the horse does not associate the arena gate with the end of work.
What happens if you're doing a dressage test and need to ride a circle at A (entrance), most lower level tests require a 20 or 15m circle to be ridden at A. Not too helpful when you are halfway through a test and your horse decides that it is finished for the day.
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I make the horse face away from the gate, no matter where in the arena and he has to stand quietly on a loose rein. I decide which way he will turn, not him and he has to walk quietly. I may or may not dismount, just to mix it up. Have trouble teaching your horse to side pass? Get him to side pass toward the gate and see how quickly he learns it.
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Much easier to just not leave the arena while on the horse, and to dismount somewhere in the middle of the arena so the horse does not associate the arena gate with the end of work.
What happens if you're doing a dressage test and need to ride a circle at A (entrance), most lower level tests require a 20 or 15m circle to be ridden at A. Not too helpful when you are halfway through a test and your horse decides that it is finished for the day.
Yes, I'm now planning on staying in the arena, I was just wondering if that worked. Thanks.
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Yes but I would avoid that habit if you show ;)

It's better to dismount inside at different locations or ride through the gate only once in awhile and ride through and loop back to get off.

The more you switch it up, the better IMOP. It works for my horse and I, so not sure if it'll work for you but I thought I'd contribute.

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I don't have an arena, but when I ride around outside ill walk to the barn and then when im 10 feet from it ill turn then around and walk 10 to 20 feet get off and lead them to the barn. And in the round pen ill move them to the middle and get off and walk them out.
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If your horse feels like it wants to go to the gate, just ride circles and when they try to bull you to the gate, turn them away from it and hurry off. They'll figure it out fast. So fast that soon they seem like they're scared of the gate. Find a balance
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