Small horse Dropping and buldging inside shoulder...SO FRUSTRATING PLEASE HELP ME

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    02-21-2012, 03:35 PM
Green Broke
Small horse Dropping and buldging inside shoulder...SO FRUSTRATING PLEASE HELP ME

So I need some suggestions and help with my little man who seems to have my number with barn doors in the arena....he thinks they might sawllow him whole when he trots or canters by them...There are two doors in the that is at the end (were "A" woul be) A very large door and he doesnt like it open or closed....must be a haunted door or somthing...the other door is were we bring them into the arena from the barn (all connected) this one opens and closes as wella dn ussally is open but he also open or closed...hates it....

My back is done with his quick duckingout and getting strong by them... I kick and growl and praise... he listen well to that but my god I am sick of it!!! Its so random he will be fine the start of the lesson go by it both way and act like its fine then suddenly OMG ITS GOING SWALLOW US WHOLE.... Even if there isa jump next to the door he will barge into it smashing my leg on it, head up eyes wide as if to say HELLPPPP....Nothing has ever happend to make him scared of these dorrs and its a thing he has had since I have owned him....only the indoor arenas does he do this...

Help...please trainer as even gotten one twoce with this issue and he seems to get over it after 20 minutes of her just roting by it over nad over and making him lok at it but good god he needs to getover himself. I try to be there for him but its getting to the point where I can feel when he is about to drop out and almost bolt.....I don't like it and he needs to not be pulling this with me, with my trainer with anyone...someone told him indoor arena gates/doors are bad news...
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    02-21-2012, 03:42 PM
Green Broke
Work him hard away from the doors & let him stop & rest only by the doors. He may soon learn to love the doors. My mare did the same thing with every corner. It does get tiring.
    02-21-2012, 04:56 PM
I can only commiserate, and add that we have THREE doors to the arena, so I feel your pain three times! :)

I ride with them open & closed, but Saturday I had the side door open- there was a horse turned out in the outdoor arena which you can see through that door, and you would think my mare had been stranded on a desert island away from other horses for years the way that she flipped out over that horse outside the door. Even after I shut the door, she was still calling and calling to the other horse like her life depended on it. All I could think to do was work her until she was so tired the other horse was a distant memory. After about 45 minutes, she was no longer answering the other calls and riding past the door without incident.

It's been too cold to ride with it open since then, but I imagine we will have to go through some basics on riding politely past the open door again.
    02-21-2012, 05:00 PM
Green Broke
Oh I am so glad I am not the only one with door issues!!!
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    02-21-2012, 05:06 PM
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My lesson hores (years ago) would always spook at the doors. Well, actually, it was unpredictable, so hard to deal with. I feel for you. All I can think of would be to do as Natisha said, and perhaps to tie him there for awhile and let him deal with it.
    02-21-2012, 05:08 PM
Green Broke
Tying him will not help him at all... It's random and fear issue. I don't why he is scared but is. But tying him when he's scared I feel could lead to way more issues.
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    02-21-2012, 05:39 PM
I would do what natasha says also. Work him hard and the other end, then he gets to rest by standing my the doors. Also, make sure that your reaction to his spook isnt bigger than the spook itself. If we as riders react they will think there is something to spook at and spook more.
    02-21-2012, 05:44 PM
Green Broke
No when I can feel it conning I try to keep my outside rein more steady and half halt while using more inside leg an looking at where I am going and try to act like e won't drop his shoulder. But when he still goes to react to the doors I growl at him and tell him go forward as soon as he relaxes (almost emidaitly) I relaxe more and praise him vocally. This seems to help but he still catches me and when he does oh man it's sudden and one of these times I might come off!
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    02-21-2012, 05:45 PM
Green Broke
I will try working him off the rail and rewarding near the doors I hope that works
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    02-21-2012, 05:48 PM
I like the advice you are getting so far. Another idea to think about:

You could take him off and do some groundwork. This is how I got Selena to go swimming. She was terrified of the lake. Take him, send him in half circles between you and the door. Keep pushing him through until its just a part of life to do it, and ONLY let him rest right next to the door.

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