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    05-02-2012, 09:31 AM
  #1
Yearling
Not wanting to be caught

Okay so here's some background information so you understand... I am training at a yard for my BHS exams. Whilst I am at college I am just there one day a week, but once I finished I will be there 6 days a week.

I went out to one of the fields to bring a horse in for the vet. Every time I approached him he pinned his ears back, turned his bum to me and walked away. I kept trying but he kept doing that, and I didn't want to get kicked!

He hasn't done this with me before, but I assume he has with others. I needed him quickly for the vet so I had to bribe him in with some pony nuts!

What should I have done (if I wasn't in a rush)??
     
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    05-02-2012, 09:51 AM
  #2
Weanling
This horse seems to be really disrespectful! The thing to do (when you have time) is to go in the field, walk towards the horse without looking at it. Once is starts moving away from you - chase it, make it your idea to make it go and let it run, you might have to run a little bit too depending on how big the field is! Once it runs for a little bit give it a chance to stop and once stopped start going towards the horse again. Make sure that you are not going straight up to the horse make a little bow and move slowly forward. As soon as he or she takes another step, make it work again. Eventually it knows that it is just easier to stand still and wait until you put the halter on! So far it worked with each of my horses, just remember to reward the horse once catched asap (some grain or whatever you usually use as a `well done`snack! It is much easier if you have the chance to get the horse in a smaller paddock instead of a big field! You might need lots of time for that. It took me a whole afternoon playing that game with my paint but it only took me like half an hour to do it with my warmblood! So good luck with that and remember - MEAN IT and show the horse that it is not OK at all to turn the bum into you and pinning the ears!!! Do not let this horse get away with anything and show him or her who is the boss! YOU!!!
     
    05-02-2012, 10:21 AM
  #3
Weanling
I'd only add that if the horse is showing you that kind of disrespect, I would take a lunge whip into the field with me when I went. Just to reinforce the desire to move without getting in range of the hind feet. And keep him moving! Make him REALLY happy to stop. Always remember: You make the wrong thing hard and the right thing easy.

Go into the pasture prepared to stay for awhile. Bring water for yourself and shove some treats in your pocket for when the horse actually lets you catch him. If you do this right, you won't have to do it more than once. (Unless he's a real dunderhead. LOL)
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    05-02-2012, 11:00 AM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Island Horselover    
This horse seems to be really disrespectful! The thing to do (when you have time) is to go in the field, walk towards the horse without looking at it. Once is starts moving away from you - chase it, make it your idea to make it go and let it run, you might have to run a little bit too depending on how big the field is! Once it runs for a little bit give it a chance to stop and once stopped start going towards the horse again. Make sure that you are not going straight up to the horse make a little bow and move slowly forward. As soon as he or she takes another step, make it work again. Eventually it knows that it is just easier to stand still and wait until you put the halter on! So far it worked with each of my horses, just remember to reward the horse once catched asap (some grain or whatever you usually use as a `well done`snack! It is much easier if you have the chance to get the horse in a smaller paddock instead of a big field! You might need lots of time for that. It took me a whole afternoon playing that game with my paint but it only took me like half an hour to do it with my warmblood! So good luck with that and remember - MEAN IT and show the horse that it is not OK at all to turn the bum into you and pinning the ears!!! Do not let this horse get away with anything and show him or her who is the boss! YOU!!!
I basically used this method to rehab a pony mule I got in as a rescue. When we picked him up, it took six people four hours to catch him in a two acre pasture.

We put him in the ourdoor arena and used give and take. I always kept the halter in his view. If he ran away from me, he got chased. If he got even slightly close, he got a cookie. When he held still long enough to be haltered, he got taken out and let graze in some choice grass for as long as he wanted to eat.

That first day, it took about three hours to halter him.
The second day was only about half an hour.
Within a week he would walk right up to get haltered.

Here he is after a good roll - he was a success story who filled the hole in someone's heart that a passed horse had left. He is used for packing trips.

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    05-02-2012, 11:09 AM
  #5
Foal
I've had great success with making the horse move and letting him think it's MY idea and not his. I've never spent more than 20 minutes because I brought a whip and made him move out hard. Never chase though...I just walk and keep him moving. Once he stops and faces me, I turn my back and walk away a few steps (releasing the mental pressure). When he stands, I walk over, not looking at him and haltering is a breeze.

I agree with another post though, you should have a carrot stick, or lunge whip or something as an extention of your arm to keep you out of harms way and gain some respect.
     
    05-02-2012, 11:20 AM
  #6
Weanling
Yadlim makes a great point that I forgot. If at all possible, take the horse out of the field and put him in a smaller place. You'll save yourself a lot of time and avoid exhausting yourself. It is WAY easier to teach this lesson in a round pen or arena than in an open field!!
     
    05-02-2012, 11:53 AM
  #7
Yearling
Thanks for the replies everyone

The horses are generally pretty well behaved and well mannered, but sometimes they test you. I used to be super confident with horses, but since I've had a couple of years away I've lost it abit.

I know in time ill get it all back and the horses will be sorry they messed with me

Next time he does this, or any horse for that matter, I'll be sure to try the method stated above. Thanks again guys.
     
    05-02-2012, 06:16 PM
  #8
Weanling
Ive had the same problem with my Arabian since his buddy was taken. I would have never thought to keep my eyes off him. I'll have to try it when I see him tonight!
     

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