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Resisting the Lure of the In-Gate

This can present itself in several ways, most often with a horse or pony that objects to entering the ring or one that bolts without warning towards the gate. It can be a challenging issue to work through, believes top coach Lindy Townley, who operates Westwind Equestrian in Ladner, BC. Here she shares her advice on dealing with what can be a potentially dangerous situation. When horses refuse to enter the ring or subsequently bolt towards the in-gate once they've entered, it can be out of fear, because they are a bit spoiled, or because their personality is such that they just don't want to play the game. The majority have simply learned that they can get away with it. They learn where the in-gate is pretty quickly and that it leads back to the barn. It's also a common affectation that horses will be more inclined to go forward towards…

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