07-26-2013, 05:35 PM
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Here are some tips.
#1. She is a mare. With every mare we have had - she always runs away and makes the other horses run as well. My horse Brisco is boarded with a mare - every time I go to catch him she makes him run, but I have done a lot of practice with this and now she backs up when I walk up to Brisco.
But when my geldings are not in a pasture with a mare - they walk up to me. So it is also a mare thing they do, haha!
But what I do, is I follow them and copy them.
So when they run, I run with them and try to separate the horse I want at the same time. But when they stop, so do I. I wait a few seconds before slowly walking forward - my body posture all slumped down and walking at an angle towards them, to let them know that I mean no harm.
If the horse I want takes a step froward, I will stop and take a step forward, copying their front legs. If she takes another step forward, so will I - copying his movements. If he walks backwards, I will also walk backwards.
After a few seconds of stillness, I will slowly begin walking forward again towards the horse, stopping every now and then to see if they will come to me or if I need to keep walking. But once I am within three or four feet of them, I stop. If the horse doesn't walk forward to me, I will hold my hand out. Usually my horses will come by this time. But if they still don't walk forward - I know they won't move so I just walk up to them and catch them. All the other horses that follow me and my horse I chase away fro swing the rope at.
But with lots of going out to work with my horse - the mare has accepted me as the leader of the two. Usually she walks in front of him and makes him run. But now she stands beside him and I walk up to her. As I walk up to her, she walks backwards - allowing Brisco to come to me. But once I get within four or five feet now, then Brisco will walk right up to me.