Day 9: Working the Gate

Today, we are talking about how to work the gate in a trail pattern. This tip is brought to you by Michaela Kayser.

Michaela Kayser

APHA/DQHA Judge, DQHA Professional Horsewoman, Showmanager Q11-19 sowie ECQH 2014-2019
When training horses I focus on a solid foundation on which you can build everything else.

Michaela points out that when teaching a young horse, it is important to approach the gate in the right way. She stresses that you can also use a rope as a gate, but if it’s a “real” gate, it teaches the horse better where to stay. “Try not to lean too much when opening the gate – it might get your young horse out of balance.” Your gate shouldn’t swing open by itself, otherwise it gets harder. “Let the horse step back two steps, then open the gate. Move the shoulder towards the gate, so that the horse is parallel to the gate,” Michaela says. “Your horse should wait for your cue and stand still whenever required.” Let the horse move forward a little and at the point where you grab the end of the gate, the horse should move its hindquarters.” Check out the video to see a visual representation of what Michaela means. “As soon as the horse has turned, move it towards the gate and close it.” Michaela points out that when riding in a snaffle bit, you have to make sure that both reins have the same length when you start to work the gate. Check out the video to see what happens when you let the horse walk through the space between the gate too fast – another common mistake as Michaela points out.


Der heutige Tipp dreht sich wieder um das Thema Trail und kommt von Michaela Kayser: Es geht um das Tor.

Michaela Kayser

APHA/DQHA Richterin, DQHA Professional Horsewoman, Showmanager Q11-19 sowie ECQH 2014-2019
Mein Hauptaugenmerk in der Ausbildung von Pferd und Reiter liegt auf einer vertrauensvollen und soliden Basisarbeit, auf der alles andere aufbaut. 

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