When I first bought my horse I had the same refusal issues in the alleyway. A trainer of mine gave me the best most simple fix that changed everything. Naturally we want to lead our horses in holding all that adrenaline and then let them explode into a run. They get used to waiting for a tiny cue that means go zero to full out run and it causes them to build up nerves. We fix this by teaching them that going in the arena is calm and relaxing. Don't hold him back then bring him through the gate and tell him to go full blast. Building up speed is the key. No matter how long the alleyway is you always have the ability to start at a walk then a trot then a lope then a run. I lead my horse in in a straight line in the gate at a relaxed walk then I ask for a trot then a lope, trust me by the time you cross the timer you will be in a full out run I do this with my horse every time and we run consistently in the 1D. This also helps horses stay more relaxed and listening to you, no whips kicks or pops. We teach them in the work pen to listen to the slightest cues, the barrel pen shouldn't be any different. I guarantee this will help you and your horse learn to be more relaxed. Now if this is all a matter of discipline You can try working your horse away from the alleyway and going to the alleyway to rest, when he refuses go away again and do a lot of work then try again and go to the alleyway to let him rest until finally he realizes he gets to relax when he stands by the alleyway but if he refuses he has to go do work somewhere else. Best of luck I hope this was helpful!
Last edited by Heatherrrmg; 11-20-2012 at 11:56 AM.