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post #11 of 20 Old 07-09-2010, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by White Foot View Post
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.
Sorry, WF, I laughed even louder at yours.

Lack of respect for what? It's a live creature with free legs in own field. My paint (lowest in pecking order) run away from my qh on daily basis for fun. So is THAT disrespect towards the alpha mare as well? Do I have to take my big carrot stick, go, smack her butt and chase her down back to the barn? Or catch her and move her hindquarters till she drops dead, so she's be "restpectful" for me?

I don't see any lack of respect when I trim/brush/clip/vacuum/giving dewormer (all halter-free), riding, lunging, or work on ground. Or when she's (being a very strong alpha mare) is politely waiting for the paint to finish her food even though she's dying to chase her away and finish it up, but she knows it's a big "no-no" (while I'm around). I think I'll rather live with the fact of me going down the field where she's politely waiting for me to put a halter on (while she could of just keep running away from all around the field), then use the grain or treats as a bribary to catch the horse. If she's lazy and try to avoid work or just do it for fun I do NOT see it as a disrespect.
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post #12 of 20 Old 07-09-2010, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by mls View Post
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.
Lol! You put it better than me, mls!
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post #13 of 20 Old 07-09-2010, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
Lol! You put it better than me, mls!
I just call them as I see 'em!
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post #14 of 20 Old 07-10-2010, 08:40 AM
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OP, do you have access to a round pen, arena, or other smaller enclosure? I find that working on catching issues in a controlled environment first helps get the ball rolling.

I turn the horse loose in a smaller pen, and let him relax and investigate if he's excited. Doing some groundwork before turning him loose can get him thinking about you and paying attention if he acts "wired".

Once he's loose (with a halter on, for now), approach his shoulder. Keep walking closer, lead rope in plain sight, until he looks at you. When he looks at you, walk away from him until his attention wanders somewhere else, then approach again. Don't be sneaky about the approach, just walk purposefully to his shoulder. If he walks away without looking at you, follow him at the same purposeful walk until he looks at you, then walk away. Eventually, every horse I've ever tried this with has graduated on his own to taking steps toward the "catcher" when he realizes that giving the catcher his attention releases the "pressure" of being approached.

If he stands and ignores until you actually get to his shoulder and catch him, cool. Do the same as you would if he turned or stepped toward you, explained below.

When you do catch him, snap on the lead, rub his head, treat him if you want, then turn him loose and try again. Turning him loose soon after catching will interrupt that "catch = work" pattern.

After he can catch you in the smaller area, try it in a more open setting, with distractions like grass or buddies, to try a more realistic situation.

Another option is the "Join-Up" technique; do Join-Up to encourage the horse to seek rest with you. It was described in great detail in another recent catching thread.

Best of luck!

A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown
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post #15 of 20 Old 07-10-2010, 02:14 PM
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D8? You named your horse after a bulldozer? Gotta be a story there
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post #16 of 20 Old 07-10-2010, 10:07 PM
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Thats what I was wondering too! I was a heavy equipment operator for several years and my husband has been a dozer machanic for the past 32 years. I love this name for a horse and was wondering why he has it... I'm thinking he must be a big ol' quarter horse that really digs in when he runs!!!!!
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post #17 of 20 Old 07-15-2010, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
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I have to ask, Are you talking about Lopez's name? :3

Cause otherwise I've completely lost what you guys are talking about.
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post #18 of 20 Old 07-15-2010, 11:02 AM
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Heh heh heh! We are talking about his horses name. D8. A D8 is a large Caterpillar, bull dozer. Big machines with a lot of power and push... :)
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post #19 of 20 Old 07-15-2010, 11:17 AM
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I think she was using "D8" as a smiley face with big eyes and an open mouth? lol. Idk. Thats just the way I interpereted it.

Anyways, my horse used to be the same way. what I did was I used jealousy the first few times to try to get him curious about what I was doing with the other horses, and why they were getting food but he wasn't. Then, I started to work on him individually. I would walk towards him, holding the lead rope at my side, with a carrot/treat in my other hand. when he would see the treat, he would walk over to me. I put the lead rope on first, walk a few steps, then give him the treat. Now, I don't even have to bring food out, he just walks over to me (when he's not having too much fun with his friend. )

Good luck!
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post #20 of 20 Old 07-15-2010, 11:35 AM
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@Angel.. OHHHHHH. That could be! Alot of people frown on giving treats in training horses. I have always used them with great success. And as you said after awhile you no longer need to use them! I think it's a easy and fast way to acheive bonding. Just my humble opinion..... ;)
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