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    04-25-2012, 09:59 PM
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Weanling
Running Away

The new pony I will be riding, Miner has this thing about running away and it's really bad. He runs away usually in the afternoon from people who try to come up to him. Today I was out there for over half an hour and couldn't get him, and had two others help with treats and grain. He still ran away. He does this to about everyone and no one really knows why. He is a one person kind of horse who doesn't trust too many people. I have been the only one riding him and have even taken him on trail rides and things and jumped him and showed him last weekend. He's great and trusts me when I have him but in the pasture he loves to run away. Does anyone have advice about catching him without him running away? Or at least not as much?
     
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    04-25-2012, 10:28 PM
  #2
Showing
It seems like a game.. so you must make this game no fun.

Either make him move with a crop or leadrope. Make him run from you, all over. When he stops and faces you.. you stop and release all pressure. He'll be thinking "Hey that wasn't any fun! That was a lot of work!" If you walk towards and he turns away from you, add pressure and make him run some more! Make that decision the most awful decision he ever made. Make it so much work that he looks to you and says "okay okay!!! I'll stop!" and turns to face you.

But if he stands and lets you approach, put the leadrope around his neck and hold it so he can't run away, halter him, and then love on him so he knows "hey, this is a positive thing!"

Here's some more info:
Walking Down a Horse

I have success with the first one. My horse looooves pasture games, so we quickly kicked that habit's butt. Now we play chase when I turn him out in one of the arenas :) That's our little deal.
     
    04-25-2012, 10:33 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
It seems like a game.. so you must make this game no fun.

Either make him move with a crop or leadrope. Make him run from you, all over. When he stops and faces you.. you stop and release all pressure. He'll be thinking "Hey that wasn't any fun! That was a lot of work!" If you walk towards and he runs off, add pressure and make him run some more. If he stands and lets you approach, put the leadrope around his neck, halter him, and then love on him.


I have success with the first one. My horse looooves pasture games, so we quickly kicked that habit's butt. Now we play chase when I turn him out in one of the arenas :) That's our little deal.
Yep, only had to do this ONCE with my mare. Wasn't much fun for her when it wasn't her idea to run anymore. Haven't had a problem since.
     

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