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post #1 of 8 Old 02-11-2009, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Rushing to arena gate - CONSTANTLY!

So my horse Candy is not a fast horse as such, but when I'm schooling her in the arena she just wants to rush to the gate. Each lap/circle or whatever I'm doing if we are heading in the direction to the gate she just GOES. I try to sit back and relax, use my voice, it doesn't have much affect. I feel like the problem is getting worse and any advice would be apreciated!
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-12-2009, 12:34 AM
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Every time you head away from the gate speed her up and slow her down at lease 10 times. Then ask for walk when walking in the direction of the gate. Repeat until you feel you can continue the pattern of speeding up and slowing down all the way around, and that her speeding up is because you had asked, not because she offered to get to the gate faster. :)
See if that helps.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-12-2009, 12:42 AM
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Sounds like she is barn sour

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post #4 of 8 Old 02-12-2009, 12:46 AM
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What I usually do with horses that are too focused on the gate or door of the arena is when I go to get off I never get off near the gate. Pick a different spot every time like the rail (given that there is no one else riding) the complete opposite end of the arena, etc.

Hope it helps!
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-12-2009, 11:38 AM
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I would work with her on transitions all the way around the arena, and especially work on downward transitions going toward the gate. If you try to do a downward transition, or slow her and she doesn't listen to you, halt and back her up a few steps, then continue working. Start slow with just walking. Take her up to a good working walk, then when you approach the gate bring her back down to a slower walk. Once she is listening to you and doing good at that, try it at the trot. Make her trot and then as you approach the gate bring her down to a walk, gradually working your way up to cantering, etc. It might take a few rides to get to working at the canter but the time is worth it. I did this exercise with my mare because she was rushing fences and it helped. Good luck.
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-12-2009, 10:00 PM
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Everyone has offered very good advice and I would also suggest turning her away from the direction of the gate everytime she decides to pick up her pace. Use just one rein, turn her into the wall and walk her in the other direction. Everytime she starts to pick up the pace, turn her and let her continue walking. I have a very similar problem with my mare whenever she is ridden by herself and this is what I have done to keep her walking and it has worked for me. Just make sure to turn with only one rein and not to pull back with both. Good luck.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-15-2009, 10:41 PM
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I would do a couple of things. My horse used to be attached the gate as well so I know what your going through.

Put her to work around the gate. Troting small circles or whatever then taking her away from it and letting her rest.

Anytime you exit the arena back her through the gate. Make her think that, that is the only way out. I even do this at shows if there isn't alot of people there.

When you put her back in the barn, give her a drink and tie her up in the stall or hitching post for an hour or so. This is great and teaches them patience.

Everytime she speeds up I would stop her and back her up as well.

Good Luck! I hope that was helpful!

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-15-2009, 10:47 PM
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When you approach the gate kick her foward or tap her on the shoulder with a crop.Or start with walking past the gate, then trotting and so on.Hope it helps!
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