12-11-2012, 09:46 PM
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I vote to just drop all arena work aside from one day a week just doing circles, figure eights, etc. No patterns at all. I've done this with my mare once and havrnt had to do it since.
She got overly excited at the gate and would spin circles. We didnt do any spins, any patterns, or any quick work for a good month or so. I slowly brought her back into the routine again (never did the full pattern unless we were at a show, just worked on barrel turns, leads, and weaving) and you could tell that she wanted to do it, she wasnt doing it just because I told her to. She loved barrels, poles, and even arenas..she just started pitching a fit at the gate. While I can only vouch for her being fine about 10 times after we restarted again since we don't have an arena on property, I believe she'll be fine once shows start up again around here.
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