Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
The more I find holes in Clinton Anderson's training the more I find parts of his training to suggest. ...anyway...
I REALLY like how he "shuts down" a horse's impulse to bolt. I KNOW that you know you need to retrain--that's a given. Check out his site and look at his exercises at the walk, trot and canter where he slides his hand down the rein and does a one-rein stop. Start schooling this. I don't care how old or how well-trained, EVERY horse has the impulse to run back to the barn. It's a safe place and he eats there, too, so everybody has to deal with this problem, more or less.
When you've retrained try having a shut gate between the barn and the outdoor places that you ride. When I re-fenced my property a few years back, I put a gate separating my rectangular north pasture from the turnout around the barn. My horses are unable to run back to the barn (proper). The 5 ft. Open bar steel gate is too tall and not inviting enough for a horse to want to jump it, either.
ALSO, practice around 25 feet from that gate before you venture out again. Spend a 15-20 minute session for a full WEEK, every day, trotting AWAY from the gate (barn), then walk-halt, walk-halt back to the gate--speed away, veeerrryyy slow back to the gate. The 2nd exercise is to work on each rein, again, speeding up away from the gate and slowing way down moving towards it. When you get to the gate you push forward to a fast trot to emphasize that you are in charge of where your horse goes. You can practice this exercise in an arena if you don't have a gate to the outside world. Hope this helps. =D