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post #11 of 14 Old 01-30-2013, 12:02 AM
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The thing is you shouldn't just chase them. You should chase them until they stop and want to look at you. That's when I back away and "reward" them for stopping and looking at me.. Others may be able to explain this method better.

Okay "Boots" has the idea, I always put my hand out for an invitation, but I'm thinking maybe a person should whistle/call instead.

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post #12 of 14 Old 01-30-2013, 12:08 AM
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The trainer's suggestion works. You can't make a horse stop but you can make him move...until he wants to stop. There is a look that tells you whether they will take off again or whether they're ready to stop and be approached. If they come to you, hurrah! But, if they just stand still for you to walk up that's great. Walk up to the shoulder, purposefully, not sneaky. If they move off, walk them down again until they stop. As long as it takes. Halter, scratch, praise, let go....walk away and do it again. There is truth to what an earlier poster said, that if they're looking as if they might stand still for you, then you could take a step or two backward and soften your body language. They often turn toward you and join up at that point. Also helps if your shoulder is toward the horse's shoulder instead of your full front facing the horse; less threatening.
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-30-2013, 12:28 AM
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we had a horse boarded here, the guy would take 1/2-3/4 hour to catch him to go for a ride. I've got 4 horses and never had a problem catching any of them. Like others I mix it up, I may bring them out and give them a grooming, I may work them or we may go on a trail ride.
What I did with the boarded horse was this, in the summer my yard is fenced off so I let the horses out to cut my grass for me LOL I would go to halter him and he would walk away and turn his butt to me, so what I would do was halter up the others, walk them out into the yard one at a time and then let them loose in the yard to graze. The first day I did this he ran around whinnying like a wild man, I went out every couple of hours to see if he would let me catch him but nope......he didn't want to. The next day I did the same thing and let mine out in the yard. By mid afternoon he was ready for me to halter him.....I walked him out into the yard where the others were and removed his halter LOL the look on his face was priceless!!! After that even the owner never had a problem catching him......I also feed at night their supper and they all are required to be tied at their he missed a couple suppers too......he's no longer at our place but the owner has another one here that he bought from another boarder, he's been here five years now and I've handled him right from the time he was weaned, he's no problem to catch at all.....he's like the rest of mine, got to get close to see what I'm up takes patience and you got to have it to fix the problem.....

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post #14 of 14 Old 01-30-2013, 12:31 AM
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When I'm starting to work with a horse on this, I pair my cue to stop and approach with that little signal that indicates they want to stop. You'll usually notice the nearest hind foot move slower than the rate the horse was moving. And the next step of the inside shoulder will decrease speed, too. Right after that, I cue to stop.

It's not hard to see when you start looking for it.

Anyway, by pairing the cue I want to use (the yell/call or whatever) with their indication that they want to stop, it's a real handy way to reinforce the behavior you want from them.
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