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My Join-Up® Experience

Horse tries to escape. Gate Sour

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We recently picked up a TB gelding who failed miserably at racing. We have him as a project horse for my daughter who is enrolled in equine studies at college. While at school Kenny barged the gate. He was easy enough to ride but lazy except in the arena where he became dangerous at the gate. He barged and then began to rear and even bucked. The instructors only said "use more leg". In very short order my daughter became afraid and embarrassed and Kenny came home. Obvious to me there is a serious trust issue and the instructors were not helpful. So I have done some join-up with him and, very quickly, in the round pen he barges the gate or tries to push through the fence. He follows easily otherwise. He would like to do nothing but hang out with our little mare. I need to know how to keep him from barging without having someone banging the gate or fence. He works very hard not to work but is otherwise a beautiful horse. We originally thought he would be a jumper but I think he is more dressage cause he wont lift his feet high enough off the ground to clear a pole.
Any ideas about barging?

Miriam (Holland&Germany)
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Hi deedeeswindow! Horses that buck and rear should be in the hands of a professional trainer. Since you are on the Uni, please look at the "cutting-corners"- lessons, these might give you an idea of how to make it uncomfortable when the horse is being dominant in its direction. Make it comfortable to be away from the gate and uncomfortable when he's barging the gate. Riding in very small circles is not an easy task, so consider getting some professional to help you with this. You didn't write Kenny's age and how long he's been on the racetrack, nor what made his former owner decide to sell him. To help you decide what pro to look for, orientate yourself at the "cutting-corners"-lessons, so you won't end up with another instructor trying to force your horse. Be safe and let us know how things go!