Be a Better Horseman-Chris Cox
Don't Make your Horse "Gate-Sour"
Some horses fixate on the gate as a way to get out of the arena and quit working. To keep a horse from becoming gate-sour, I do a variety of tasks and exercises around the gate. When I want my horse to rest completely, I move away from the gate so he doesn't associate the gate with stopping his work. This is different from soaking, that very brief period of relaxation after accomplishing a task, which rewards the horse for a job well done.
- Chris Cox
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