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post #1 of 3 Old 05-22-2009, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Brighteye's Guide to Taming Horses

From working with rescues, I have found a techique of taming scared horse-critters. It's mostly comman sense really.

*Warning: Results may vary.

  1. Step into pasture. Never look at the horse you are trying to catch. Talk softly to youself.
  2. Zig-zag around a little. Go and pet other horses, look at trees, stare at butterflies, etc. all the time never looking at the horse.
  3. Pass by the horse at an angle. Never go straight for it.
  4. Finally, turn away and pass very close to the horse at an angle. Look at its feet only.
  5. Reach out your hand and let it sniff it. This is the way equines greet each other.
  6. Once the horse sniffs your hand, back away
  7. Repeat one through four.
  8. Now, instead of just offering the horse your hand, give it a tasty treat.
  9. Do this for a while, and maybe, sooner or later, it will let you catch it.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-23-2009, 11:07 AM
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I LOLed at "and maybe, sooner or later, it will let you catch it." Hopefully sooner, rather than later!

It's all too true - it works for horses who ARE tame and are being a pain-in-the-butt when you're trying to halter them in a pasture.


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post #3 of 3 Old 05-25-2009, 05:22 AM
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Haha lol, I will defiently remember this

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