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  • How can i catch my horse from the field?

 
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    01-19-2008, 09:26 AM
  #1
Foal
Catching a Horse in the Field

Hey. One of my ponies is a dream to catch in the field. She will come right to me. But the other was terrible (she has gotten a little bit better) but she used to run around for an hour even if I had grain with me. I was wondering if their are any good tricks or how you can teach a horse to be caught in the field?
     
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    01-19-2008, 11:52 AM
  #2
Showing
My old horse used to be like that; did you try slowly walking up to her but not showing you have a lead? ;) That should help, also while she's running do you chase after her fast or just walk near her? If you run then chances are she will keep running herself, LOL! :P Try hay, too. That is a good coax. Does kissing to her help?
     
    01-19-2008, 01:04 PM
  #3
Weanling
Actually sry to say this I find treats to be a bad habit to try to get your horse to come. What I did was whenever my horse walked away from me or started running I took the lounge line out and if I walked to him and he ran I started running him. I would chase after him with the whip constantly never letting him stop to breath. Eventually he got the point and quit and decided he wanted to be with me and not running all over the place. Just a couple times of doing this and he stands still when I come to get him now. I can even show the halter to him :wink: Just give it a try but remember it wont just be an automatic fix it might take a couple days but tell me how your horse is doing k. Because if it doesn't work I could probably give you another idea or help you out with how you are doing it k.
     
    01-19-2008, 02:55 PM
  #4
Green Broke
We've delt with this a couple times. We basically would go out to the field and ignore the ones that wouldnt come right away. We would bring the grain and apples and give the ones that wouldnt run away a bunch of attention. The other horses eventually figured out we had grain and that they weren't getting attention for running around, got jealous, and came over lol. You need TONS of patience and time to work on catching a horse like that. If they do start to come to you, give them lots of praise, and don't rush putting on the halter and lead. Hope that helps! Worked every time for us and eventually, they would come up with everyone else.
     
    01-19-2008, 04:32 PM
  #5
Foal
I'll try these whenever I can. There is snow in the ground, so horses arent being turned out :( I know I shouldn't use treats but she'll walk up to me and if I don't have a treat she will run away. When she runs away I just walk slowly near her or stand still. She also doesn't care about the other horses in the field (she is pretty anti social!) lol, if they come in she'll just go to the other end of the field. I will try the whip trick Also at the moment she isn't being to bad but will come only to me if I have grain, no one else can catch her.
     
    01-19-2008, 07:37 PM
  #6
Weanling
I used to ride a horse like that! Except he would also pretend he was going to attack you! Lol He would pin his ears and rush at you and throw his rear end towards you. Obviously, he was just faking me out and I knew how to handle it, but it was nerve racking.

What I did was just slowly follow him around at a walk with my shoulders slightly slouched, so I wasn't coming at him with all this agressive energy, with my head down. After about 5 minutes, he would just turn around and wait for me to get him because he realized I wasn't going to play his game.

When that started we began bringing him in more often just to groom him, or give him a special treat. Just to show him that when we brought him in it didn't always mean he was going to get worked. Because previous to that, that's all that happened. The girl that was shareboarding only came out like once a month and then worked him. And his owner never came out, so he hated coming in!

I realize that won't work for every horse, but I thought I'd share anyways! Running around sounds so much more fun! :)
     
    01-20-2008, 05:24 AM
  #7
Trained
^^^ some good ideas :)

If you have the time, you could also just go and sit in the pasture. The idea is to get your horse to come to you (also good for bonding). It may take a while but she will come to you eventually. When she comes to you don't praise her or anything just walk away. She may follow the first time, she may not. Do it again and again and eventually she will either follow you or you will be able to get her and put the halter on

Good luck :)
     
    01-21-2008, 02:08 PM
  #8
Foal
Okay, I know this is going to sound really dumb, but I've had luck with it. My horse isn't really hard to catch in the pasture, but sometimes when she gets spooky or something, I'll sort of walk in her direction, but the instant she starts to move away, I turn around and crouch on the ground. It looks so weird to her, she stops right away and stares. Then I start crawling away from her, and kind of mumbling and messing with my hands. I bet it looked really weird to the farm workers! Pretty soon, Jackie was behind me and kept bumping me with her nose! She got so eager to see what I was doing, she practically ran over me when I stopped and got up! That's the only thing you have to watch. Make sure your horse doesn't think it's a game and start messing with you. I also think the running and chasing and not letting them stop works too. I call it join up, but I haven't had to do it to catch Jackie, just to bond with her. Good luck!
     
    01-21-2008, 05:19 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Jackie Bee Happy
Okay, I know this is going to sound really dumb, but I've had luck with it. My horse isn't really hard to catch in the pasture, but sometimes when she gets spooky or something, I'll sort of walk in her direction, but the instant she starts to move away, I turn around and crouch on the ground. It looks so weird to her, she stops right away and stares. Then I start crawling away from her, and kind of mumbling and messing with my hands. I bet it looked really weird to the farm workers! Pretty soon, Jackie was behind me and kept bumping me with her nose! She got so eager to see what I was doing, she practically ran over me when I stopped and got up! That's the only thing you have to watch. Make sure your horse doesn't think it's a game and start messing with you. I also think the running and chasing and not letting them stop works too. I call it join up, but I haven't had to do it to catch Jackie, just to bond with her. Good luck!
LOL I think we can all admit to doing something extremely weird when it comes to our horses. Don't worry :P
     
    01-21-2008, 05:28 PM
  #10
Foal
I have actually heard the crouching down thing before! I have tried it but not the mumbling arounf thing (lol!) but she did not care
     

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