Originally Posted by SoCalCowgirl
I like your method, the only thing is there's no area to really ride. Our trail is in a community park and is surrounded by hundreds of trees throughout the park. During the figure 8 I would weave him around the trees and that did seem to help get his mind back into focus. Maybe I could work him like that because theres no real open space out on the trail that's safe, as we also have people riding bikes, dogs, and runners that use the trails as well.
Just to clarify-I am talking about much more than refocusing......I am talking about sweat dripping, begging to stop WORK. That way the barn becomes his place to rest. I do the same thing with horses who act stupid at something they have seen a gajillion times. We work hard everywhere else, and the only time they are allowed to go to that place is when they want to rest.
Obviously you don;t keep doing it once they "get it", but sometimes they do need a little "refresher".......