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post #1 of 18 Old 06-12-2012, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Can't Catch Him

My horse is an absolute PAIN to catch! If I go out there without a halter, he's perfectly fine and I can pet him all day. However, no matter how good I hide that halter, I can get right up by his neck, but as soon as I'm about to get the rope around his neck, off he goes! Makes it very hard to work with him when he does that. Anybody got any solutions?

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post #2 of 18 Old 06-13-2012, 12:09 AM
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Annoying isn't it? Sorry, my only method for catching horses is to take treats so I would take a treat with me and he would only get the treat if he put the halter on first. My horse sometimes runs away if he sees the trailer being hooked, he knows he is going to lessons, but when he sees the treats in my hand, he can't resist.
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post #3 of 18 Old 06-13-2012, 01:02 AM
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There are a lot of threads on here about catching horses, and using a technique called, "Walking down a horse".
May I ask , how large of a paddock/pasture is he on? Is he with other horses? Has he always been hard to catch? How DO you do it then? And do you have other issues with him where you suspect he may not be paying your the respect he should?
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post #4 of 18 Old 06-13-2012, 01:51 AM
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I just got my horse a very few weeks ago, and have the same issue. As long as I hide the halter/lead behind my back, and approach her with my hand held out with treats, she lets me get close enough. She does try to jerk away, so I have to hold the treat in my left hand and throw the lead part of the halter/lead over her neck, holding her that way. I have approached her in the field a couple of times without the halter and given her treats, then walked away, and I noticed the next time she walked to me the last few steps... but she was still wary. Guess it just takes time?
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-13-2012, 12:26 PM
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Personally, I never wanted to have to sneak or bribe my horse to come to me. When I first brought him home, some days he'd let me catch him and some days he'd give me trouble. I consistently made him move his feet and made him think it was my idea. When he'd trot off, I'd swing the lead rope and just keep him moving until he stood and looked at me. When he faced me not moving, I'd turn my back and walk away (release the pressure.) After about three or four times of this, I never had a problem again. I do give him treats, but never at the same time or for the same thing so he doesn't come to expect a certain action with getting a treat and get pushy.

Now when he sees me, he starts walking towards me (unless fresh hay just got put out!)
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post #6 of 18 Old 06-13-2012, 12:42 PM
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When my mare decided to do this for awhile, I would take just a lead rope, wrap it around my waist like a belt, and when i'm petting her, take the lead rope off and put around her neck, then lead her to where I have her halter.
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post #7 of 18 Old 06-13-2012, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Personally, I never wanted to have to sneak or bribe my horse to come to me. When I first brought him home, some days he'd let me catch him and some days he'd give me trouble. I consistently made him move his feet and made him think it was my idea. When he'd trot off, I'd swing the lead rope and just keep him moving until he stood and looked at me. When he faced me not moving, I'd turn my back and walk away (release the pressure.) After about three or four times of this, I never had a problem again. I do give him treats, but never at the same time or for the same thing so he doesn't come to expect a certain action with getting a treat and get pushy.

Now when he sees me, he starts walking towards me (unless fresh hay just got put out!)
That's how I end up catching him, but it yakes him forever to give in! Guess it's just that dang mustang spirit lol

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post #8 of 18 Old 06-13-2012, 03:38 PM
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Food for thought....in reading your post a phrase stuck.out at me "no.matter how well I hide the halter"....take a moment and consider how you approach that. If you are like many dealing with this issue, you likely secret the halter and take great pains to *sneak* it up on him. In doing so, our instinct is to be as stealthy as we can and then, when we get close, to spring it on them. To a horse this reads as a predatory approach and the springing of the rope/halter at the end (even when done sneaky rather than just fast) confirms that this is not safe and he/she must get away. You don't have to be thinking predator to come off as one to them.
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-13-2012, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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I walk up to him like normal, usually pet him once, and then try to get the rope around his neck, and most of the time he gets the heck outta Dodge before I get it around him.

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post #10 of 18 Old 06-13-2012, 10:18 PM
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As soon as he turns his back on you, snake that rope out and bite his butt.. He just blew you off, so make doing that uncomfortable.
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