Catching a pony

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        07-17-2013, 01:17 PM
    Catching a pony

    I have a 12 year old pony on loan and he is a pain to catch. Sometimes it will take me 10 minutes to catch him other times after going at it for about 45 minutes I finally give up. I once caught him using a carrot but now since I've done that once its become practically impossible to do it again. I really don't want to carry on trying to use food but every time I come near him with a head collar he runs in the opposite direction. If I sit/crouch on the ground all he does is stand far away from me, looking at me. Even if I get rid of the head collar once he's seen me with it he won't come.

    Really need help here!
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        07-17-2013, 02:40 PM
    I read you need to be the one in control of where he goes and drive him (not chase) in the direction you want around the field until he wants to stop running but don't let him and he will give in when you let him stop??
        07-17-2013, 10:42 PM
    Here are some things that have helped be:
    1. Do not anticipate the horse running from you
    2. Try not to have an angry/excited energy....stay clam and relaxed
    3. Try walking not right at the horse but in large arcs as you look at the ground

    Hope this helps


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