I’m pulling out my hair over here…I have a pretty spread-out property and my pasture is a long ways from my barn. About a month ago, I had a chute put in that connects my pasture to my dry lots that are directly behind my barn.
The chute is a cleared trail through the woods, with some open clearings, but you cannot see the barn from the pasture or vice versa. My horses quickly figured out how to get down to the pasture, but haven’t realized that the chute also TAKES THEM BACK UP TO THE BARN and they’re making me nuts because that’s where their water is, and where I need to bring them in at night!! Instead, they stand at the pasture gate pacing when they’re ready to come in. I end up having to lead them up the chute, which is no easy feat as it was built for horses and not humans and is a long hike.
I’ve shaken buckets of grain, ridden them up the chute from the pasture, led them up from the pasture, but they can’t seem to grasp to come up by themselves. Any ideas to help them figure this out?!
The whole point of the chute was so I didn’t have to lead three of them up my long, steep driveway and they’re really not cooperating with this plan