Preparation for Opening a Gate with Peter Campbell

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 6

Opening a gate from your horse is a great practical way to test your horsemanship skills. In this video, Peter Campbell covers this topic in greater detail – including pre-requisites, common mistakes and variations of this exercise.

For the inexperienced rider or horse, it is best to begin with a gate that does not require the rider to bend down to reach the latch. Tying a string on the gate can also help give you more room to maneuver without losing hold of the gate. Peter reminds us that whether we’re on a seasoned horse or on a green colt, it’s important to have the horse feel good about the gate and not get worried about the job.

The original length of this clip is 11 minutes 29 seconds