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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Opening a gate from horseback.

How many out there can open a gate from Horseback, as I have been doing this for a long time as was I taught todo so at Porlock when I was 16, Sabrina easily understood what I needed her todo and after a couple of tries did it as you need to be able to move the horse forward and back working as a team, gets you  closer to each other. I did not think anything of it but got surprised comments from some of the other horseowners who had seen me do this especially when one gate had a clip on a piece of string and was a long steel field gate nothing horserider friendly about it.

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MrTwist

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MrTwist says:

Re: Opening a gate from horseback.

My Horse is really good at gates and does help me by pushing it with his nose, although this didn't help when we had a go at Le Trec as according to the rules I'm supposed to open it not him!  He's not very good at them when there's a puddle in front of it, I suppose they can't be completly perfect!

 

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Opening a gate from horseback.

Its difficult to explain as every gate can present its own challange, but if possible sideways to start as easier but today I had to do straight ahead as the gate connection was in a corner with no room to go sideways to the latch or should I say string with clip, the clip was on a loose strap and the string was binder twine fun all the way as the clip was one of those sprung loaded things as on a lead rope, if I had gone sideways head of horse would have to be in the middle of a hedge, or its bum.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: Opening a gate from horseback.

 Practice your turn on the forehand and manouvouring (s) side ways, and backwards when you've got that nailed the gate should be easy 

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kezza81

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kezza81 says:

Re: Opening a gate from horseback.

 Apollo is fab at opening gates but not so good at closing them! he doesnt seem to get that turning around just eans closing it not turning to go back through, he is like "um i am going this way now, not back that way i will just keep walking thanks". i either have to kick it with my leg as we go through and hope it closes or spend five minutes faffing about trying to convince him i only want to close it not go back through. something else to work on!

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lauralou15

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lauralou15 says:

Re: Opening a gate from horseback.

 Sam you say these things to me but they sound like gibberish! haha :)

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igglepop

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igglepop says:

Re: Opening a gate from horseback.

 I have a fear of gates, jack the old horse i shared was injured by the bolt part going into his shoulder, by one so now i get off and open the gate and get back on. I have never had a horse that could not do it but i find i worry is not worth the risk in my mind (i do know it was a freak accident but it still shocked me

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Opening a gate from horseback.

The freak accident I had with a gate was at Porlock when on a long hack with many riders I was closing the gate and the whole wooden gate and large oak post fell over as well past sell by date, my horse Dalesman shot off and I went out the side door but still holding the reins, broke reins and pulled through stubble field ouch, had to catch horse walking past everyone feeling a right idiot to catch my horse and then riding with 2 halves of a the rein at split where they joined, this not a buckle but stitched which type have not seen since, also learnt lesson LET GO REINS which is easier said than done as lately done the same trick but horse just stood looking at me saying what are you doing down there.

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Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Nicola Young

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Nicola Young says:

Re: Opening a gate from horseback.

If anyone is struggling with opening gates on horseback, make sure you check out next month's issue of Your Horse (out on 19th April) where we will be giving you a guide and tips on opening gates.

Nicola Young | Web Producer | Your Horse

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Opening a gate from horseback.

Nicola Young said:

If anyone is struggling with opening gates on horseback, make sure you check out next month's issue of Your Horse (out on 19th April) where we will be giving you a guide and tips on opening gates.



What a very good idea as this will prove very useful, many don't know how to achieve this as was the case  when I first learnt to ride as not generally taught at riding schools even then.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Paints

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Paints says:

Re: Opening a gate from horseback.

I can open a gate on horse back but now I wish I didn't teach her it's useful but now she tries to open the gate when I'm riding so now. It's annoying.

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