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    12-11-2012, 10:32 PM
Exclamation Gate Sour Barrel Horse....HELP

Please nobody put any smart remarks or anything I just want suggestions as to what I should do.... I got my 16 year old Appendix gelding in June of this year. I got his teeth floated 3 months ago because when I got him he was a rescue he was 600 pounds under weight and liked to throw his head alot. All of this was before the gate issue happened, now that he's in full health and happy he's a butt head at the gate. He rears and jumps and bucks at the gate but only at a show and only when it was our turn. I practice him 3-4 a week and trail ride the other days. Some times we don't even work the barrels sometimes its just roll backs, stopping, breaking at the poll etc. But the thing that gets me is that at home he rears when its not our turn cause he wants to go and I can't let him because my sister is going. I can lead him in all day long on foot but I have to have someone ready to hold him for me to get on when I get in. Other horses can't get him in oither people on foot can't get him in....hes just all around hard headed. He just has a come apart at the gate I can feel it coming because his heart gets going really fast and hard then he just loses it. So someone please help me.
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    12-11-2012, 10:46 PM
Green Broke
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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    12-11-2012, 10:52 PM
I probably won't be much help with the rearing and bucking but one time I was at a gymkhana and my horse wouldn't go through the gate, he would just keep backing up. So I just backed him in there. And once the gate was closed he would give up but the horse I rode(he passed away) would give up easill, but I don't know how easily you horse would give up. I hope I helped some.
    12-11-2012, 10:54 PM
I have seen people blind fold them at shows it seems to work that's the only thing I could say to try... I agree w Isuel in what they said :) take a break and don't get frustrated :) and good luck :)
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    12-11-2012, 10:56 PM
Take your horse in the arena and just let him stand there. Unsaddle him, give him a drink of water, rub him down, somehow reward him and teach him that being in the arena isn't always going to be work. IF possible, leave him in it for a few hours or over night to just let him play or sleep or whatever HE wants.
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    12-11-2012, 10:57 PM
Hes had about a month off. Then I took him back to a show 2 weeks ago and had to go to the hospital almost broke my back.... I love him to death I really want to help him and myself. I know he likes it cause at home I can barley get him to stand still. But I might try the blind folding and backing him in. Hopefully thatll help. He's so big and the way he stands straight up and then rocks back scares me to no end.....
    12-11-2012, 10:59 PM
Also my arena at home is in the pasture with my horses.....i feed him in the arena at home.
    12-11-2012, 11:00 PM
Green Broke
Call me crazy, but is he a sorrel and located near PA? After I reread your post he sounds exactly like a gelding that I use to show with from my barn..and he'd be about 16yrs now.
Im just curious since my mind is probably working overtime from sleep deprivation, haha.
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    12-11-2012, 11:02 PM
Nope lol Im in Alabama and he's definitely bay lol.
    12-11-2012, 11:03 PM
Absolutely do NOT blindfold him. Are you trying to kill yourself? No, No, No.

And never back a horse into the arena. Its asking for trouble. You want forward motion, not going backwards.

Your best bet is to have someone lead you in. Or take him out of showing for awhile until you get this under control.

Take him to the arena or shows and do not run him. Just sit on him and hang out by the gate. Inch your way forward towards the gate. If he starts to fit and back up and throw a fit, relax and sit there and keep calm while he throws his hissy fit. Stay off his face, stay off his sides. Don't whip him, don't spur him, don't yank the bit.

This might take you all day but patience is your best friend right now.

He is dangerous and you cannot keep pushing him to run. He's going to hurt you or a bystander.

Stop running him until this is under control. Either that or put a nice downpayment on your coffin.
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