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    09-27-2012, 09:03 PM
  #11
Weanling
I may be coming out of no where but I think this is a pain issue. Either he is in pain or thinks he is in pain still from his injury, so there fore he does not want to run. He associates the alley way with pain and having to run so he does not want to go in.

My suggestion is to get him checked up to see if he is okay and if he is, use him as a trail horse for a while or something different to let him realize that he is going to be fine.
This may not be the best advice but it's something to build on.
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    09-27-2012, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by BubblesBlue    
I may be coming out of no where but I think this is a pain issue. Either he is in pain or thinks he is in pain still from his injury, so there fore he does not want to run. He associates the alley way with pain and having to run so he does not want to go in.

My suggestion is to get him checked up to see if he is okay and if he is, use him as a trail horse for a while or something different to let him realize that he is going to be fine.
This may not be the best advice but it's something to build on.
I had him checked for soundness before I did anything with him. I was scared to ride him even after the vet said he was ok. It's amazing what that one farrier has done and caused so much pain for the both of us. He still hides from me to this day he should of gotten sued. But I was actually was thinking the same thing you just said. Just go back to trail riding for awhile no events just leisure time. He is a great horse we are very close and he usually is willing to jump over the moon for me, so this was pretty shocking development.
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    09-27-2012, 09:24 PM
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Weanling
It's all in his head then. To your horse, he is still in pain from the injury or maybe he actually is. It would be smart to get a chiropractor to look at him and get a second opinion.
It's hard to bring horses back form an injury.. My mare will forever have a short step on her left hind because of her ligament tear even though it's fully healed.
     
    09-27-2012, 09:31 PM
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I'm having a chiropractor out soon actually my mares back has been bothering her and I was going to have her adjusted so I also plan to have her look at him while she was there. You would think if he was hurting he would limp or favor it but he hasn't. But he may think he is still hurt too it took a long time to heal.
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    09-28-2012, 02:31 PM
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Weanling
Try video-taping this happening so that we can see exactly what you're doing and how he reacts.
     
    09-28-2012, 02:35 PM
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    11-20-2012, 11:47 AM
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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!
     
    11-20-2012, 01:23 PM
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Thanks I was kinda thinking the same thing. But he will go in the alleyway and into the arena when he knows he doesn't have to barrel race. When were at competition he knows he is supposed to run at practice I walk trot and maybe run the pattern once or twice no problems. But at competition he won't go. Ill work with some of the things you suggested it given me an idea actually. Thanks! But in some ways I think we're having issues because of the severe hoof injury. I've been considering just getting another barrel horse. He really hasn't been the same since the injury and though I've had everything checked out. I wonder if he thinks he will hurt himself or were missing something so I have that to consider as well. He's on break for a bit now anyways I'm going to stay away from barrel racing a few months.
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