Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
This is a training issue. They are fed and comfortable and see no need to listen to you. I will give you the solution to my problem when I first bought a herd of 6 (all broken) horses in 1985, and couldn't catch any of them.
I bought a feeding bowl for each horse. I put grain in each of the bowls OUTSIDE and not within reach over the fence of any of them. I waited to see who was interested in the grain. It wasn't the herd leader, but one horse eventually came to the gate. I got a halter w/lead on him, led him through the gate, shut the gate and tied him next to a bowl to eat. No other horses got any grain that day.
The next day I did this and the herd leader was the first one at the gate. For many years I led my horses OUT of their turnout to be grained EVERY DAY. I demanded that each horse put his head over the gate and wait patiently to be haltered, and led each to be tied far enough away from each other to prevent a fight. All of them came out in their pecking order. I put them back in their pecking order by teaching them to walk through the gate, turn, and walk to the gate, give me their heads and calmly allow me to un-halter. This way NO HORSE kicked me. I did this for over a decade and the horses that I kept in my tiny riding academy never forgot this lesson. When I moved and they were in my backyard I could take out a halter and lead and ALL of my old horses--all now passed on--would walk up to me to be calmly haltered. I spent two winters drilling this lesson into my 7yo KMH and he does the same, all 1,450 lbs of him!