Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: NE North Dakota
My 7 year old gelding, Adiel, has always had issues being caught. When he was a foal the breeders were abusive and neglected their horses. Up until I got him (at around 4ish months old) he had never been touched by a human. He is the friendliest horse on earth now and loves attention, but we still have one issue; being caught. He is fine if you go out to the pasture without a halter to pet him, give treats, ect. But as soon as you have a halter on your shoulder I can't get within a foot of him. I've tried using grain to catch him (he's not a big fan of feed..), I've tried putting him in a smaller pasture by himself, I've tried break away halters, nylon halters (he's scared to death of them due to an accident we had when he was about 2), and rope halters (what we use now), using a catch pen and nothing seems to help. Keeping him in a barn is not an option.
Once he's caught he is perfectly fine, it's just getting a hold of him that is an issue.
Anyone have suggestions??
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