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post #11 of 15 Old 10-16-2008, 10:12 AM
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Like I said, approach and retreat is going to take time and patience. Unfortunately the magpie stopped things so I would do it again. Take the time it takes. This horse needs that from you.
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-16-2008, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Andi View Post
I just went out to see her now and I can't catch her at all anymore :(

I tried the approach stop thing for a while until i started being swooped by a magpie. I just don't know what to do with her anymore.
This isn't going to happen in a day or even a week. Be patient and stay in the paddock with her until she comes to visit. Don't always catch her, but always have nice things to say to her. If you halter her, don't always lead her away. Leave the halter on for 10 minutes, then take it off. Let her wander around with it on.

Feed her any supplements only when you have caught her -- with a halter. If she won't come or be haltered she doesn't get the sups that day.
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post #13 of 15 Old 10-16-2008, 10:59 PM
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I only wish I had 2 working hands to type up a response!!

Cobalt, my Canadian could not be caught when I first bought him(he was 8 months old, not halter broke). There was nothing you could do, you simply could not catch him. I did a few simple things and it took me 2 months to get him to the point where now he will come when he sees you and put his head in the halter himself. I will have to wait a few weeks before I can post a detailed response.
In the mean time, see if there is someone at the barn who is more experienced than who can help you?

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post #14 of 15 Old 10-17-2008, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
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I managed to get her today and put her in the other paddock, it has less grass and its away from the geldings which I think will help. I'm quite experienced with horses and have talked to many professionals and their only advice is to lock her up somewhat smaller, although its not really an option for me at the moment. I'm the only one who handles her and I go out atleast twice a day, I only feed her out of the paddock when I can catch, I figure i'll only feed her when she's caught, but I am hoping the new paddock will help a bit. That evil magpie attacked me again today :)

But I am going to try just sitting in the paddock with my laptop doing my essays. So she gets used to me and comes up.
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post #15 of 15 Old 10-17-2008, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Andi View Post
But I am going to try just sitting in the paddock with my laptop doing my essays. So she gets used to me and comes up.
That's a great idea. Definitely send her message you aren't a threat. If you agree with feeding treats, you might want to have one, just one, in your pocket while you are working.
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