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post #1 of 20 Old 07-09-2010, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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My Quarter Horse gelding will /not/ come to me. He sees me coming into the paddock and will stand there until I'm about 5 meters from him and he'll walk away. He won't trot or canter usually, just walk. I'll stop and wait and he'll stop and I'll go towards him again and he'll move off again.

Today he stopped so I did to, I turned my back to him and after I while I glanced back and he was watching me. Then he turned and walked off again, I did eventually catch him. (After bringing his feed bucket out).

How can I fix this?
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post #2 of 20 Old 07-09-2010, 06:12 AM
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He's doing it because he doesn't respect you and doesn't want to be with you. Try more trust and respect exercises. For now everytime you go to catch him bring treats. As soon as he comes to you give him one, then he will realize "hey being caught isn't so bad".


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He's doing it because he doesn't respect you and doesn't want to be with you. Try more trust and respect exercises. For now everytime you go to catch him bring treats. As soon as he comes to you give him one, then he will realize "hey being caught isn't so bad".
Or doesn't want to work. My lazy qh lets me brush her and mess with her any time of the day, but the moment I turn to pick the halter she flies to the other end of the field and looks at me from there. Does it mean she doesn't respect me? No. She's just smart enough to try to avoid the work if possible. I can always walk there and just put a halter on, which is annoying, but you have to deal with it.

lopez, do you come to the paddock to just play with him? Brush him? Or take him out straight to work every time you go there? You want it to be pleasant for him to be around you. I mean, try to bring little bit of grain for while and don't take him out as he comes to you, but just brush him, or pet him, or just give grain and leave him alone.
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Sometimes all I do (like I did today) was bring him in and feed him before letting him go again. I was told he mighten enjoy working all the time so sometimes I do that, Or put him in the round yard and just sit on him bareback.

He just goes through these stages of not wanting to come to me, in a week or two he will again. It's just what he does. But it'd be helpful if he came to me more often xD
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Sometimes all I do (like I did today) was bring him in and feed him before letting him go again. I was told he mighten enjoy working all the time so sometimes I do that, Or put him in the round yard and just sit on him bareback.

He just goes through these stages of not wanting to come to me, in a week or two he will again. It's just what he does. But it'd be helpful if he came to me more often xD
Hmmm... I never met a horse, which would enjoy working all the time. At least I never was that lucky. They all have days off because they are live creatures (don't feel good, too hot, million of reasons). May be it's just his personality you'll never be able to change. As long as he's respectful to you on ground and in saddle I wouldn't worry much.
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Or doesn't want to work. My lazy qh lets me brush her and mess with her any time of the day, but the moment I turn to pick the halter she flies to the other end of the field and looks at me from there. Does it mean she doesn't respect me? No. She's just smart enough to try to avoid the work if possible. I can always walk there and just put a halter on, which is annoying, but you have to deal with it.

lopez, do you come to the paddock to just play with him? Brush him? Or take him out straight to work every time you go there? You want it to be pleasant for him to be around you. I mean, try to bring little bit of grain for while and don't take him out as he comes to you, but just brush him, or pet him, or just give grain and leave him alone.
If she's so lazy why is she "flying to the other end of the field"? That to me doesn't sound like a lazy horse at all, but a horse with lack of respect. Period. Lol, I'm sorry but I really had to laugh at your response. Just take a step back and read what you posted.

My horse is "lazy" and very smart but guess what? he respects me and realizes that no matter what he's working so he might as well get it over with. And he knows to come when I whistle, he doesn't even take a step away from me when I'm putting a halter on.


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If she's so lazy why is she "flying to the other end of the field"? That to me doesn't sound like a lazy horse at all, but a horse with lack of respect. Period. Lol, I'm sorry but I really had to laugh at your response. Just take a step back and read what you posted.

My horse is "lazy" and very smart but guess what? he respects me and realizes that no matter what he's working so he might as well get it over with. And he knows to come when I whistle, he doesn't even take a step away from me when I'm putting a halter on.

Nothing to laugh at. She termed the mare lazy as in the mare wants to do what she wants to do and being told what to do is not on her agenda.
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You could also term it as "disrespectful".

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I have said this before... I use treats. As soon as you two meet up, give him a treat, whistle softly, walk away. Do this until he comes on his own. Eventually he will come to just your whistle and you can gradually end the treat part. Also, Catch him ,halter him and then unhalter him and let him go. I've got my mare to never know what my motive is for "VISITING" her. Sometimes its for treats, sometimes its for a nice grooming session and sometimes its for riding. She never knows what to expect, but the promise of a treat or getting groomed will bring her running to me everytime! {Although she has figured out the difference between her grooming halter, and her trail riding halter, even from across the paddock!!!! LoL!!!!}
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post #10 of 20 Old 07-09-2010, 02:11 PM
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(After bringing his feed bucket out).

How can I fix this?
The feed bucket is just a tool in tool box. The question is how are you using that tool. The horse will come to you with the feed bucket. OK that is step one. Now make him let you rub his head after he comes to you before giving him the feed. Then he lets you put a rope around his neck before giving him the feed/treat. You can see where this goes. Good Luck!
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