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    12-11-2012, 11:04 PM
:( That really sucks. There is a horse like that at our local show where I do barrels and what not for fun. It's a little girl that rides him and he is so gate sour. Once he's past the arena he's a maniac and pretty much wins it every time, but getting in the gate is hard work. She got him in a few times by backing him in, but they were lost as to what else to do as well. The father said he had a horse in the past that got sour from barrel racing and he had to retire him. Hopefully someone can help you! That would really suck.
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    12-11-2012, 11:08 PM
Originally Posted by sweetpealover    
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.....
I am so sorry to hear that glad you r ok n not any worse.. My daughter went for a ride on my horse that she wants to teach barrels :( I hope the blind fold will help :) I have seen people use bandanas n napkins... About riding in pasture I can say I have done that but I don't feed them in there nor do I when other horses r out there, that could be a problem so when you r at show he feels like its play time :) just a thought.. Is there any arenas you could take or even make a arena? Hope everything works out for you...
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    12-11-2012, 11:08 PM
I mean he's a beast when he gets in. And I don't yank his face, whip him, spur him, or any of that mess. We just walk up to the gate and he's fine until they say our name and he literally loses it as soon as they say it. I loosen him up after were done running in the ally way.
    12-11-2012, 11:10 PM
"I know he likes it cause at home I can barley get him to stand still"

It sounds to me that you are mistaken. Your horse sounds like he is nervous, and by "Wont stand still" he is nervous and has it in his mind that all his job undersaddle to do is run run run.

And do NOT blindfold him, or he most likely will flip over backwards on him. I've found Trail riding fixes everything. And Take him off of patterns for atleast a month. Your horse won't enter arenas because he knows once he gets in there, he's going to be forced to work hard, like many barrel horses think. I've found that if you go after the show the same day and ride your horse in the ring at a walk, and walk him through the gate several times before leaving, it helps him remember that next time you go to the arena, the last memory he has of it was relaxing.
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    12-11-2012, 11:14 PM
If he is acting up in the alley way and not wanting to go in the arena I would first check for pain and/or he might be a little burned out if you are patterning him 3/4 times a week and showing on the weekends.
    12-11-2012, 11:14 PM
Buttttt wait a second like I said in the first post I don't only 'run run run' him I can get on him bareback with a halter and walk the barrels and he's fine I can put babies on him and he's fine he really only does it when we start loping and stopping at the barrels to show him to slow down. He does more slow work then fast work in all honesty.
    12-11-2012, 11:15 PM
Originally Posted by sweetpealover    
I mean he's a beast when he gets in. And I don't yank his face, whip him, spur him, or any of that mess. We just walk up to the gate and he's fine until they say our name and he literally loses it as soon as they say it. I loosen him up after were done running in the ally way.
Just to clarify, I wasnt implying you do this. I've just seen it all too often.

How do YOU react when they call your name. Im going to guess that you tense up with anticipation, nervousness and excitement (we allllll do before a run) but im guessing your horse is feeding off of you. Some horses are more reactive then others, sounds like yours is one of them.
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    12-11-2012, 11:18 PM
I do get very nervous when I hear my name only because im nervous as to what he's going to do. I run him in a simple snaffle bit with no spurs or whip. But I don't know what to do with myself when I get nervous......
    12-11-2012, 11:18 PM
I think I read wrong.....So he doesn't refuse the gate? But gets excited and wants to run when your name is called?
    12-11-2012, 11:18 PM
Ok, I am sorry, I must have been mistaken or read it wrong. But the walking through the arena after the show really does help.

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