If He’s Barn Sour
If your horse is jigging on the way home because he’s eager to get back to the barn, try a different tactic. Let him trot briskly home, but once there, instead of unsaddling him and putting him up—what he wants— put his feet right to work. As close to the barn as is safe, hustle him in circles, serpentines, rollbacks, or any vigorous work that involves frequent changes of direction and a brisk pace.
When he’s out of breath, walk him well away from the barn and let him rest a good five or 10 minutes, then return to the barn and work him some more.
When you’re done, tie him up at the barn and let him stand for a while before unsaddling. This further curbs his enthusiasm for getting back to the barn, plus gives him time to soak up the day’s lesson.