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post #1 of 7 Old 03-20-2012, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Can't catch anymore

Okay, so yesterday I went to the barn and my horse was still out in the 85 acre field with the herd. I've always been able to catch her without any problem. She usually will come to me as I approach. Yesterday, she refused to come to me and would just keep galloping away. I don't make her work everytime I catch her. Actually, most days, I catch her and groom her or take her to the other side of the barn where there's more grass and let her graze. Any suggestions/ideas?
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-20-2012, 01:43 PM
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My horse does this every once in a while. One day he'll take a few steps away, next day it's a few more steps and next thing I know he wont let me catch him.

What I do is spend a few days working with him (generally just takes the weekend). What this entails is putting him in an area small enough he really can't take more then a few steps to get away. I then go out repeatedly to catch him up, give him a few strokes of a brush and walk away again. When he no longer tries to step away I increase his area, rinse and repeat until back to their normal self in the full pasture. Most horses that have already been taught something (not running, standing still, etc) don't take long to whip back into shape again. It's more of reminding them how to behave instead of teaching them to behave.

Generally just use a temporary electric fence as they are easy to increase in size with a few minutes worth of work.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-20-2012, 02:14 PM
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Is it possible someone/thing has spooked him or someone has mistreated him while you're not there?
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-20-2012, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Darrin! I'm going to try that this weekend and see how it goes!!! Jacksmama, she's going through training right now, but has never given my trainer or myself any problems before ever. We're thinking maybe it's the change in season, but it's very frustrating!
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-20-2012, 06:09 PM
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Is there a new horse in the field that likes to run, or a horse that likes to run? Some horses like to run away, and when they run, they all run. Maybe she was just playing a game or something. If she was out with a runner though, I'd take her out of the pasture with that runner for a while to keep it from becoming a habit.
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-21-2012, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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There's no new horses in the barn/herd. I think she's playing games with me. I went yesterday and she started running away again, but as soon as she realized I wasn't following and that I stopped to pet some of the other horses, her head shot up and she got jealous. I gave some attention to some of her buddies and she came over then...
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-21-2012, 06:48 PM
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Yes....this is exactly what my new horse has been doing. The first month, she would meet me at the gate. Lately, she runs away from me if I enter the field. At first I allowed my feelings to be hurt, but I quickly realized she was just testing me and playing games. I just ignore her and start talkingto and rubbing on another horse and the next thing I know she is standing at my shoulder. Sometimes I just walk in and stand with my back to her..eventually the curiosity gets the best of her and I soon feel her breath on my neck! Gotta love her!
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