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post #11 of 13 Old 05-24-2011, 07:16 PM
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I'd go at this a different way. Once you have him, it's time for some ground schooling for respect lessons. On a longe line, practice getting him to turn with your body language. Let's say you have him walking around you on a circle. If you step in front of his drive line, ie his shoulders, (figuratively of course, you're still in the middle of the circle) he should stop and change direction. At first you may hav to be very loud about it. If he ignores your body language, you pretty much want to run at his shoulders to he stops and turns around. Pop him with the lead if you need to. Once he gets the idea, turn him back and forth so he doesn't make a complete circle at any time. Do this exercise until he turns every time you step toward his shoulder.

Once he's back in the paddock, he's now trained for turning via body language. The fact that he's loose is not a factor. Use the same language you do with the longe line to move him back and forth. If he tries to run off to the right, head him off and send him left. He runs off left, head him off again and send him back right. Most horses give up on this game after a few minutes. He'll stop, turn in toward you and lower his head to signal his submission. Walk calmly up to him, give him a pat, and halter you horse. Hope this helps.

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post #12 of 13 Old 05-24-2011, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by mbender View Post
He runs from you out of disrespect. As cori said, when you go to catch him, don't always take him out to work. Is there grass in this paddock? I agree with making them run if they try to get away from you. Have you ever just gone in the paddock and just sit? The other thing you can try is when you do catch him give him lots of scratches and if you want a treat. Make getting caught a good thing. Once you are done loving on him, let him go, but still have some control. Don't let him walk away from you, you walk away from him. No eye contact. It may take some time for him to realize being caught or being near you is a good thing. You may not be able to ride or work him for a few days but I think it will be worth your time to correct this frustrating habit.
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That doesn't work with all horses. - I am a wimp in the heat, so many times throughout the summer ALL I wanted to do with my horse was catch her and let her munch grass on the end of a lead rope while I sat in the grass with her and read a book. It STILL took me an hour of chasing my horse EVERY time I tried to catch her. Even though she rarely got worked. Mostly all she got was brought to an area with a whole lot more/better grass than in her pasture/paddock.
Once I started riding her After I caught her (even when she's still dripping sweat) she started learning to come up to me and be caught.

In fact, my horse seems to appreciate having a job and working. - I always feel guilty making my horse work, so I don't push her very hard. But when I DO push her a little, she has a Lot more respect for me and she sorta seems to genuinelly like me better.

Also, she doesn't like to be fussed over either. So petting/grooming/"loving on" etc. is Not a "reward" for coming.

so anyway,
What mbender said is certainly worth a try, but this is My experience with My horse. - It took me 3 and 1/2 years (literally) of running the pee outta my horse before I could catch her reliably. No one knows better than I how you feel.
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post #13 of 13 Old 05-24-2011, 09:51 PM
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Have good body language! dont walk out there mad and frustrated, you horse will know if your mad....he doesnt want to be around someone whos mad. also I would take a few treats with you...maybe even a bucket with alittle feed in and shake it and call your horses name! just be happy and positive to be around him also dont chase him or scare him! :)

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