I have had Lucky about 2 weeks now and he's almost perfect but about half the time I try to ride him past the arena gate(while in the arena) he turns his head sharply towards it and if I don't basically get in his mouth and almost haul his head back to the other side, his body will follow his head and we end up standing at the gate. Once there its a fight to get him to move off again. I have to get in his mouth, give him a few good kicks, which result in us doing a few circles while he tries to go back to the gate and I try to not allow him to do so. I have gotten pretty good at not allowing him to get over there at all. However he is a pretty soft mouthed horse and I hate hauling on his mouth to get him to turn back. I cue him with leg and he just ignores that completely. Only at the gate. He goes great off leg pressure and very light contact everywhere else in the arena.
So I am capable of not letting him get his way and go to the gate, my question is whether I could be doing something better? Or if there are any exercises to get him to stop it other than just riding him past and not allowing it?
I never take him out the gate when he does this. If he rides past fine then we will stop on the other side, I dismount and we go out. If he's being too stubborn about it and we have to leave for some reason I ride him to the middle or other end then dismount. Any tips or tricks?
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