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    02-10-2009, 12:27 AM
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Weanling
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I've been riding my horse in a round pen lately, and she's doing really well. The only problem is that when we're going one direction, she stops near the gate and wants to stand there. I've used a crop on her to try to keep her moving, but it's very difficult. I don't know what to do.

She's fine going the other direction; she doesn't even slow down at the gate then. It's only going in one direction that she wants to stop.

I don't understand why she's like that. Any ideas? How can I make her keep moving at the gate? I've literally pulled the bit out of her mouth because I was pulling so hard on it, trying to get her to turn.
     
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    02-10-2009, 12:34 AM
  #2
Trained
Do you mean, when you are riding in the round pen, she'll stop at the gate going clockwise, but wont stop when going counter clockwise?

Do you normally get off by/near the gate? Have you ever stopped and talked to someone by the gate?

Sometimes my gelding will stop by the gate going counter clockwise, and when I feel it coming, i'll keep urging him forward. And then I reward with a pat afterwards and will sometimes go to a part of the arena and let him stop.
     
    02-10-2009, 01:02 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by appylover31803    
Do you mean, when you are riding in the round pen, she'll stop at the gate going clockwise, but wont stop when going counter clockwise?

Do you normally get off by/near the gate? Have you ever stopped and talked to someone by the gate?

Sometimes my gelding will stop by the gate going counter clockwise, and when I feel it coming, i'll keep urging him forward. And then I reward with a pat afterwards and will sometimes go to a part of the arena and let him stop.
Yes, that's exactly what I mean.

There's a water trough near the gate that I stand on to mount her, but I don't know why that would make her stop in one direction and not the other. I've never stopped near the gate.

It happens every time we go by it, so I always use more leg on her and try to steer her with the reins, but she always walks right into the corner.

I guess I should have specified that the round pen shares a wall with a regular fence, so it has 1 corner in it, and the rest of it is actually round.
     
    02-10-2009, 01:15 AM
  #4
Trained
Anyway you could get a mounting block or something so you don't mount by the gate?
Though I don't know why should would stop there.

Does she do it in any other area, or just the round pen?
     
    02-10-2009, 01:42 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by appylover31803    
anyway you could get a mounting block or something so you don't mount by the gate?
Though I don't know why should would stop there.

Does she do it in any other area, or just the round pen?
I mount her outside of the pen sometimes using a picnic table, but it doesn't make a difference.
     
    02-10-2009, 01:43 AM
  #6
Trained
Does she do it only in the round pen, or any riding arena?
     
    02-10-2009, 10:18 AM
  #7
Weanling
Next time she does it, make her run. The second she goes into the corner get her up into a swift trot or canter. Maybe she'll learn that she cannot avoid work by going into the corner.
     
    02-10-2009, 12:04 PM
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does she do it only in the round pen, or any riding arena?
I only ride her in the round pen or in the open.
     
    02-10-2009, 12:07 PM
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Weanling
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Next time she does it, make her run. The second she goes into the corner get her up into a swift trot or canter. Maybe she'll learn that she cannot avoid work by going into the corner.
She won't. I just started really working on getting her to respond to leg commands about 2 weeks ago, and she's doing great. I've only had her walk and trot under saddle so far, but she's starting to get it. I can't make her walk or trot past the gate when going in that direction. I've even tried round penning her to try to get her to go past it at the trot, and she runs herself into the corner every time. I have to actually hit her (not hard) with the whip to get her to move out of the corner.
     
    02-10-2009, 01:10 PM
  #10
Weanling
Teach her to move off your leg before you get to the gate. All the way around the round pen, apply a leg aid and if she does not respond immediately you have to act louder. Either with your leg or a crop. But you have to get the job done. The more times you tell her to go with your leg and you allow nothing to happen, you're teaching her that leg means stop. Don't wait until y ou get to the gate to do something, do 10 billion aids of go as you go around the pen. Even in the other direction. Try not to make it about the 'gate' but about her responding to a leg aid. Keep in mind that it's okay if it feels a little ugly, you have to do something to get the job done and to be super clear to break her of this pattern.
     

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