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post #11 of 21 Old 02-21-2008, 10:25 AM
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Everyone has given really good advice. Its not something that can be taught in a short amount of time so make sure you set aside a day or at least a few hours. Once you do get the horse caught take him to a smaller arena or round pen and practice taking off the halter, approch, put the halter on throw the rope over him and rub him with halter and lead rope a bunch. My mare was like that when I first got her, I started going out with just a lead rope doing a zig zag toward her not straight on, if she acted like she would move away I moved away before she did. When I could get close enough I just used the lead rope up from under the neck and pet her. then let her go. over and over and over again. I think a previous owner must have hit her a lot with a rope because she was scared of it. Had to do a lot of rope rubbing with her It helps if you can go out in the pasture and once you get him caught just do some grooming and lovey time then let him go, no work. I also bang on the metal gate every time I feed so they always come whenever I bang on the gate. I used to whistle but not everyone can whistle so decided a metal gate noise was better. Good luck and I'm sure you will get it. It just takes time and patience.
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post #12 of 21 Old 02-21-2008, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Julia Slater
Yes, body language is the most important thing that you can learn when doing anything around horses.

But as far as catching them...
I see a lot of folks just walking up to their horses and putting a halter on them. No greeting, courtesy or communication.
Most horses just get used to that, but I found all of them will respond to a little courtesy.

When you walk up to your horse, or your horse comes up to you, let him smell your hand. Horses greet each other by sniffing noses. But they will accept the hand as a replacement for the nose when it comes to contact w/ humans. This is the correct way to greet your horse politely.

Then while keeping one hand available for smelling, put the other in the crook of their neck and gently rub it. That is something I always do... But mostly cause I have almost nothing but young horses at the place.
The crook of the neck is what I call the "Momma Spot". A mother mare will touch her baby there to reassure them that everything is ok.
So when I touch my goofy younguns there as I catch them, they tend to calm down for me, and soon learn to be caught quietly.
Just wanted to comment about the courtesy. I love that I always say hi to my horses by letting them smell the back of my hand. I figure the least I can do when I come into their area is be polite.
And welcome to another Kansas member.
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post #13 of 21 Old 02-21-2008, 05:16 PM
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My horse generally comes to me, when he doesn't I usually get some grain or some treats. But make sure whenever he comes to you give him the treat so he doesn't resent coming in.

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post #14 of 21 Old 02-29-2008, 03:52 PM
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{Question} Ways to catch a horse?

I have one that all I have to do is call out her name and she comes trotting over like a dog.

When we first got her we would have to walk out and get her. Once haltered, we would immediately cock a leg and rub her whithers and praise her. She is always groomed right after we cath her. Sometimes she gets a handfull of grain and sometimes not.

Try making grooming immediately after haltering part of your daily routine.

As for our other mare (the dominate mare in the herd), She does come over about 80% of the time when her name is called. Still working on her.
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post #15 of 21 Old 02-29-2008, 05:24 PM
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hmmm...I have had both my horses since they were babies. The one who is now 3 will come to the gait when he sees me come up the driveway and will wait for me.

I taught a boarders horse to come by feeding once he was caught and outside the field gates. He took habit that being caught meant food. I slowly removed the food from him and he continues to come to the gate to be caught.
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post #16 of 21 Old 02-29-2008, 08:11 PM
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Well sometimes its different for different horses so you kinda have to find the trick for your horse. Like we have a mule at the barn that will run hours on end when you try to catch her.

Then theres my horse Junior. He likes to try to do that every now and then but i chase and chase him and he will eventually stop turn and face me. I don't know why but it just clicks so easily for him. Well thats how i got him trained to let me catch him. Basically any time he runs away from me i chase him until he stops and faces me and lets me put his halter on but like i said it may be different for different horses.
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post #17 of 21 Old 03-03-2008, 07:57 PM
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My stockhorse Vodka will sometimes stand and let me catch him, but most of the time he runs away, it comes from being treated harshly by stationhands at his old home. He gets really nervous when running. When i'm trying to catch him i normally work him like im a horse working a cow. use my body to block him, just by getting into his line of sight, turn him the other way, if he runs the other way block him. Its like a horse working a cow out of the yard or out of the mob. when he stands, i will walk up to him and if he runs I will repeat. eventually he just stands and lets me catch him, I always make sure I pat him and cuddle him to show he is a good boy. I will sometimes take feed or carrots, but if he starts running, I will NEVER bribe him with food. I see this as a massive compromise, the hrose getting what he wants and not teaching him anything. this method works well for him as i'm not chasing him which would make him more nervous, but I am being the dominant one. Once I have caught him he is perfect and docile.
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-03-2008, 08:24 PM
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All I have to do for Poco is stand at the barn and whistle if he hasnt already come to the gate because he knows my car. Ive never had any trouble catching a horse.

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post #19 of 21 Old 03-06-2008, 08:52 PM
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It's all about the grain for me. But my horses have 126 acres to play on, so I don't want to mess around. :)
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post #20 of 21 Old 03-07-2008, 11:05 AM
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Well my horses come when called. but.......

you can (if they let you) walk up to him....

if they walk away try looking at the ground when walking up to him...this makes you seem not so tough and scary if you know what i mean.

Also in extreme cases when the horse turns it butt to you....grab it tail and pull them the other way to swing thier head towards you. Eventually the horse will get that if he runs or tuns his but he still isnt going to get away with anything and will tur towards you.
(this doesnt hurt the horse if done correctly...don't yank just pull)

also there are alot of horses that will come for food...just grab some hay or grain(not too much grain) most horses will come running for it.

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