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post #1 of 9 Old 01-29-2013, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Catching my horse

Sorry I don't no what this should go under so just putting it here.

I have had my horse since July and her old owner is one of my best friends but she is older that me and loaned bella out to me while she is at uni.

I have always known bella is a nightmare to catch but didn't think it could get this bad. I used to go and help her old owner get her in while I had my old horse and she could take ages to catch. She once took 4 1/2 hours

When I first got her she was amazing she would come walking over to me. About 4 weeks later my riding instructor moved her rising 3 filly to bella's field. Misty would come up to me on my way to bella and bella would freak out. She wouldn't let me near her if I went to another horse first. I tried to catch her for an hour and she just canter circles around me and then she would get so close she would kick I eventually got my friend to come with more food and after another 39 mins she caught. I thought that would be it but it got worse. The only way to catch her would be to get all the others out the field and out of sight and eventually she would calm down. It's really annoying because she wouldn't catch for anyone not even my instructor. She is so good as soon as you have her and bring her in though.

I'm really struggling and the others at the yard are trying to catch her and when she doesn't they just leave and it's making her worse. I can't get all the horses out the field as it is massive her winter field and she is with about 8 other horses,

Please help me
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-30-2013, 12:32 AM
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when you bring her out do you always work with her? None of my horses or my boarders horses are hard to fact we have to chase them away from the gate because they want out.
Not now during the winter but in the spring/summer/fall I will go out and bring one out, groom them and then put them back. They all have to be haltered for feeding time, I put them in a corral where their dishes are on the fence.......if they don't want to be caught they miss supper.
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^^^^ what thunder spark said.
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Have you tried the approach and retreat thing. I do not have a problem with my mare, as she will practically catch herself, and come running when I call (like today I went out to put her blanket on, I called her and she came galloping to the gate)

There is another horse though, that it takes 2 people to catch when we are trying to work or groom him there.

You could also go out there without a halter or anything, maybe bring a brush, and let her know it is not always going to be for work. You could go out there, let her come to you, even if it means sitting there for a while, and just groom her. If she doesn't come to you after so long, try going to her, then take the time to catch her. Give her a groom, maybe a treat.

After a while she might catch on to getting attention when she is caught. After, if she does this, start going out there and make her come to you, if she doesn't, then leave, this will teach her that she gets nothing if she doesn't come.

This method may take a while, but while I was working with the horse that is hard to catch at the farm, after a few days he would come running when he would hear or see me, knowing he would get attention and sometimes treats. Also, my horse will stand with me for hours if I would stay there, without a halter or any force to keep her there, and she is in with other horses.

Hope this helps.

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He have tried everything. She wears her head collar all the time and we have tried going out with nothing and she still runs away. Even sometimes I'll be mucking out her field and she'll run away other times she'll be fine xx
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i had a horse that was hard to catch. he was was adopted out of the wild as a colt (i didnt get him till age 12) so i always kinda assumed thats why he did it. he came to me better than anyone else and it could still take me hours to catch him. so one day i sat down ona log in the feild and acted like i was doin something. it took about 30 minutes but he came to me. he eventually got easier, and he was the best horse iv ever owned, although he tried to buck anyone who wasnt me. lol
make sure you get her out and brush her and do things besides riding, somethiing she enjoys. oh and another thing, if its safe to do so, start brushing the other horses in the feild and just hanging out with them. she may eventually get nosey and come check it out
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Horses don't bank on the "they only work me every 100th time they catch me so I am doing good here". They work on the "I don't think so" program.

Can you feed small amount to keep horses still, so you can catch yours? If not then you need to have something you can corner them up in.

Or way to walk them down either on foot, or on golf cart/ATV.

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post #8 of 9 Old 01-30-2013, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the ideas. I can't really groom another horse because her summer field is a filly, 2 very moody mares and a relaxed one but when Bella doesn't catch she likes to annoy the other horses so you end up having 3 or 4 horses canter and bucking about the field. I have tried to corner her with a friend and we ended up nearly getting kicked but we did catch her in the end. I bring her in regularly like nearly everyday and sometimes ride and other times just to bond with her. It's so annoying she doesn't catch because apart from that we have an amazing bond and usually after she doesnt catch she becomes really caring (i don't no how to explain it) but like she snuggles you and lets you go anything for to her and she is really happy once she is in it's just getting her in xx
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This is some pictures of what happens and what me and my friend have tried. We get so close but just can't catch her
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