|Not my picture compliments of Google images|
Last summer at the clinic I was able to have him opening and closing the arena gate after a few tries. We practiced over and over again, opening the gate for whoever wanted to go through. But if we went anywhere near the rope gate like the one above, he couldn't handle it.
I could ride up and ask him to stand next to the "gate" but it was obvious he was bothered by it. If I reached over to grab it, he bolted. Not just stepped away, I mean he flat out ran away. It is as if he is sure I'm going to wrap that rope around his neck and choke him with it.
This is an obstacle in the Ranch Horse Competition, and in the trail class. He has to learn to do this. I do hope to address the issue with MK, but I would love to hear if anyone has any thoughts on how to get him past his obvious terror.
I have given TC the task of building me one. Weather is getting nicer so I should have one soon. I appreciate any guidance any one can give me.