I have a 3 year old green Quarter Horse. I've been riding him consistently this Summer mostly in a round pen. No heavy work, just walking & maybe a bit of trotting here & there. He has great ground manners, easy to catch, he's been on one trail ride & he did fine except he was high energy the whole time but he never bolted/bucked/reared or spooked. He lunges great, stands for saddling perfectly, he turns very well, yields to leg pressure & he's learning neck reining. He rides great but when I point him into a field or something, he automatically gets more spirited. I rode him out on the road for a bit this morning, he walked calmly over a wooden bridge, was fine with traffic, & etc. He doesn't & hasn't tried to bolt as of yet, but he speeds up his walk, he's looking around, and trying to get him to go through a gate back to the barn to unsaddle is frustrating. He'll go right to the gate, stop, & he'll spin. I kept him there for 45 minutes today, if he tried walking off, I turned him around & kept him standing at the gate. But he refuses to go in it. Would taking him out with another horse be better for him or should I just keep working him alone in the pasture? I'm riding him twice a day (once early morning & the other late afternoon) for about 30-45 minutes at a time.
I prefer to ride young horses alone so they learn to ride alone and gain confidence and trust in me. The more you ride him out and about the more relaxed he will get. A horse gets broke by putting hundreds of miles under their feet, outside the arena. As far as the gate I would get off and send him through it back and fourth until he walks through quietly, then ride him through. You can also put his feet to work near the gate with lots of changes of direction and make walking thorough the gate the easy thing to do. Be safe.
Maybe once you get TO the gate.. before he starts acting up.. get off. walk him thru the gate. and Praise him. Pet him all over.. for a couple rides to that. any maybe he will look forward to the praise lol? maybe??
Horses are funny sometimes, who knows what is going on in head when he refuses to through that particular gate, maybe some bad mojo surrounding the area that he senses. I would still just make going through the gate more comfortable for him then not going through the gate.
So, from what I understand, you have a horse that likes to go riding, but doesn't like to quit and go home? Sounds like I'd get along great with him.:D
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