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Elsa5
Reg. Aug 2014
Posted 2014-08-04 9:12 PM (#7033915)
Subject: gate issues



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After I bought my mare I noticed some issues that led me to believe she was ran on barrels without any training.

When you ride past a barrel she darts towards them, if barrels are set up she will NOT go into the arena, if I manage to get her into the arena her anxiety gets really bad all she wants to do is run.

Ive been working on lunging in the arena with the barrels, working her with them set up, sometimes I have her go around one barrel then go off in the different direction so she doesn't think we are running the pattern every time.

Any other ideas on how to work with her gate/barrel issues?
I bought her with the intention of training her on barrels, going to take it really slow but looking for ideas
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stayceem
Reg. May 2007
Posted 2014-08-04 9:49 PM (#7033941 - in reply to #7033915)
Subject: RE: gate issues



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Have her checked for pain issues first... then lot of slow work and take the pressure off. Do little bits of work in the arena and then take her on a trail ride.
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BarrelRacing4Christ
Reg. Sep 2010
Posted 2014-08-04 11:35 PM (#7033971 - in reply to #7033915)
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Your mare always wanting to turn a barrel when you're riding past one and the high anxiety sounds like she's been blown up. The refusing to go into the arena sounds like a pain issue. As the previous poster stated, get her checked out by a vet and a good chiropractor. Once you have pain ruled out, stay out of the arena for the majority of the time and if you're working her in the arena take it slow.
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Elsa5
Reg. Aug 2014
Posted 2014-08-05 11:35 AM (#7034143 - in reply to #7033915)
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Thanks! She only has gate issues if the barrels are set up which is hard because I board at a gaming barn so they are always out! Having the chiropractor out next week!
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BarrelRacing4Christ
Reg. Sep 2010
Posted 2014-08-09 2:09 PM (#7036154 - in reply to #7034143)
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Elsa5 - 2014-08-05 9:35 AM

Thanks! She only has gate issues if the barrels are set up which is hard because I board at a gaming barn so they are always out! Having the chiropractor out next week!

You can always move the barrels...
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Elsa5
Reg. Aug 2014
Posted 2014-09-24 6:12 PM (#7055046 - in reply to #7033915)
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Well I got that....but I want to train her on barrels which is kind of hard if she wont go into the arena with them set up
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blueskies
Reg. Jan 2012
Posted 2014-09-24 9:40 PM (#7055110 - in reply to #7033915)
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I've had a couple horses like that. Just go in the arena and work the rail, circles just hang out in the arena. Work on scoring her on the gate go in and out over and over. If she blows up toward the barrels pull her over to the fence and do rollbacks until she listens. Just stay off the barrels until you can get her to relax and do some slow work. Don't do any fast work until she will relax with you. Its from someone only running barrels and never doing any slow work. It'll work out just be patient. Just make sure its not a pain issue either.
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mruggles
Reg. Oct 2008
Posted 2014-09-25 9:10 AM (#7055220 - in reply to #7033915)
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to the vet for an exam, lameness and ulcers and stop riding in the arena for say a month, ride her every where but the arena............

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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2014-09-25 4:55 PM (#7055573 - in reply to #7033915)
Subject: RE: gate issues



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Sounds like she needs a break from barrels, I would just do trail riding on her for a few months and maybe play with her on the outside of the arena have a couple of barrels set up on the outside and just do figure 8's threw the barrels at a slow lope, let her know that she does good. 
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AnnieLaura
Reg. Oct 2014
Posted 2014-10-15 9:00 PM (#7065863 - in reply to #7033915)
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clcanchaser
Reg. Aug 2015
Posted 2015-09-14 10:02 PM (#7197627 - in reply to #7033915)
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Try bringing a pen to click or a water bottle to crinkle. It distracts them from whatever else they are thinking about. It worked for my friend's super crazy barrel horse and it's the only way they can get her through the gate.
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justanothergirl
Reg. Nov 2015
Posted 2015-11-03 5:42 PM (#7213680 - in reply to #7033915)
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with the barrels set up ride her in and out of the arena a couple times then just ride in the arena. same thing happened with my horse and I tried it and it worked.
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HorseMommyFiveO
Reg. Jan 2012
Posted 2015-11-04 7:28 AM (#7213803 - in reply to #7197627)
Subject: RE: gate issues


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I have someone get behind me with a crop that has a plastic bag tied to the end. No hitting, just wave it around a few times behind her and she decides the arena isn't so bad. There's no slow working mine and theres no walking in the gate. She runs in like its the Thomas and Mack every time.
She's had hocks done, chiro, teeth, ulcer treatment, feed change, put on pasture in a herd, hand walked, slower warm up, new CSI pad, less hauling, lasix (no change and no indication of bleeding so that was discontinued), Jailbreak, Formula1, EquiSure, U7, probiotics, prebiotics, bring her pony, no pushing, no Spurs, no over/under... The only thing I haven't done is call Kathy George lol! Sometimes it begins as a pain issue or trust issue with the rider and it becomes a behavioral habit. Am I missing something? Oh and I tried running her in a snaffle, too. She runs in a mid level Sherry Cervi bit, nothing harsh.
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BS Hauler
Reg. Jan 2012
Posted 2016-05-23 3:26 PM (#7271622 - in reply to #7033915)
Subject: RE: gate issues



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I had one that I would work the gate at one of our local 4H playday events. I would open and close the gate for each runner. Just had the horse in a halter and made the horse stand at the gate with me all day and go in and out of the arena each time a kid went in to run. Finally got him to understand that just because we were at the gate didn't mean we were running.
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Rolling J
Reg. Mar 2009
Posted 2018-05-15 11:33 AM (#7396276 - in reply to #7033915)
Subject: RE: gate issues



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Been there done that! Good luck!
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Nateracer
Reg. Feb 2008
Posted 2018-05-15 12:00 PM (#7396277 - in reply to #7033915)
Subject: RE: gate issues



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Put barrels in the lot she lives in.  Let her eat off the barrels. Even ride in and have a treat on a barrel in the arena for a little bit.  Leaving them set up is a good thing, because you don't ever have to look at them once inside the arena, and the horse needs to know that.  Absolutly NO barrel work for awhile.   Set barrels up around the area where you ride outside the arena.  Just work past them, no turning them.   

Do other stuff in the arena.  Poles (maybe), set up little jumps or cavalettis, poles on the ground to ride over, tarps, etc.   Anything but barrels. 

As far as the gate goes, ride her up to the gate multiple times a show, but don't enter the class.  Have a buddy horse that can walk with you at times.  Walk her up on the gound as well.  
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MOGirl07
Reg. Feb 2012
Posted 2018-05-15 1:49 PM (#7396297 - in reply to #7033971)
Subject: RE: gate issues



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BarrelRacing4Christ - 2014-08-04 11:35 PM

Your mare always wanting to turn a barrel when you're riding past one and the high anxiety sounds like she's been blown up. The refusing to go into the arena sounds like a pain issue. As the previous poster stated, get her checked out by a vet and a good chiropractor. Once you have pain ruled out, stay out of the arena for the majority of the time and if you're working her in the arena take it slow.

"The refusing to go into the arena sounds like a pain issue."
Took the words right out of my mouth. Good to know your chiro is coming out, but I highly advise a visit to the vet, also.
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Talitha_Azuma
Reg. Aug 2018
Posted 2018-08-20 3:06 AM (#7405777 - in reply to #7033915)
Subject: RE: gate issues


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First of all, go to an animal doctor for a proper checkup. A few years ago, only a single sharp piece of small nail made our mare mad and she threw my grandfather in a very bad manner.

Edited by Talitha_Azuma 2018-08-20 3:07 AM
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