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        02-26-2011, 09:38 PM
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    When I go get Secret she hides behinds her "girlfriends". The horses don't seem to mind that but she squeezes in between them so that I can't get in. I cluck at her and I try to encourage her to move by swinging the lead rope a little. She moves but then I walk after her. Plus I stay calm because that if I start getting frustrated and start running after her she takes advantage. She is being mare-ish at these times. Last time my trainer had to come after her and make her run in circles. She was being horrible. So now I tryed to use treats but her friends got mad and pinned their ears back and kicked and she went running off. I am kinda scared of getting kicked. I don't know what to do. It takes me super long to get her ready and my trainer says we have to get their early and say our lessons at 10 we have to get there at 930-945 just so we can get her out. If we are 5 minutes late or something for our lesson then we lose that times :(. It is because she sometimes has back to back lessons so you need to get finished on time. So I end up missing like 10 minutes of my lesson! Should I catch her and then give her a treat so she knows that when I catch her its not a bad thing but then maybe when I go she will misbehave ya know like run away and then if I give her a treat she will think bad behavior is acceptable. Please help ! What should I do? Sorry for long post.
    Yours Truly,
    Lindsey
         
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        02-26-2011, 10:03 PM
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    I use treats when catching my horses. I give a few to the other horses, too, and it makes Mac jealous , so he comes over.

    I walk up to him pet him give him a treat, then walk away for a sec. Then do it again, then turn away. I don't rush. Then as he is eating another treat, I just put my hand over his head and put the lead rope over and he's caught. He gets another treat after halter is on, then off we go, and no more treats.

    Horses only remember the very most immediate behavior and associate it with a treat. So, even if your horse ran all over Kindom come, if she eventually turned toward you and let you catch her, than you ca give a treat to reward the very most recent behavior.
         
        02-27-2011, 04:19 AM
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    Oh no Tiny, I usually agree with everything that you say.

    But this poster is uncomfortable with it, the other horses there might not be as well manner as yours, and her experience level might not be the same as yours.

    I personally would give a treat when you get the horse to the gate or after it is through the gate and away from the other horses.
    Also it might help to pull the horse out of the field a lot more often but don't ride or work the horse, do fun things instead like grooming or whatever your horse enjoys. I don't think I would be in a hurry to be caught if I were then going to have to work every time.
         
        02-27-2011, 04:52 AM
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    Green Broke
    After having seem another horse almost kill a boarder over a treat brought out caused competition, I'd be careful taking treats to a large group
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        02-27-2011, 04:54 AM
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    I used to give treats too. Lola was hard to catch until she knew I had something for her. I always gave the treat to her the second she came up to me. Now she walks up to me even if I don't have treats.

    I don't see the point in catching the horse then giving the treat at the gate. Then they will think they can still run around and get a treat at the end of it.


    Adding...You do not have to let the other horses see you have treats. Show her when she is away from them and do it quietly. When I brought treats to Lola there was like 20 other horses in the field and they never noticed. Just do not bring a bucket of feed out. You will be in trouble then. I got kicked from a very greedy horse once because I would not let him eat the feed.
         
        02-27-2011, 05:05 AM
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    Sarahandlola, I didn't mean hours later after a 15 mile hike to get to the gate. And I didn't say to treat after a horse has run you around. I actually don't treat my horse at all, ever for anything. My horse gets praise as his reward.

    I don't intend for this to be mean at all, but as you just posted a thread asking whether horses bite, I think it might be better if you learn as much as you can before giving out advise. Of course you are free to do as you chose, and I didn't mean to offend you. We all, myself included, have a lot to learn every day.
         
        02-27-2011, 05:17 AM
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    Next time you head on out to pick her up you might bring a soft brush with you.
    Drape the lead rope over your shoulder and keep it out of the way.

    Now head on out there with some extra time to hang out with the herd and just start brushing on the horse she is hiding behind.

    Ignore her and maybe move on to one of the other horses and if she makes a move to be next to you then you duck around one of the other horses and start brushing one of them.

    After awhile she just won't be able to stand you giving all the attention to the other horses and will maneuver to be next to you.

    Some horses are very shy and it takes kind of a mutual agreement to get picked up.

    Good luck
         
        02-27-2011, 03:40 PM
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    Weanling
    I have very little fear when it comes to horses...except when it comes to a group situation. I have experienced almost being kicked because I got caught between two competing horses..even without treats or high value items being concerned (just the tight space and everyone crowding eachother). For me, groups = No Bueno.
         
        02-27-2011, 03:43 PM
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    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    I don't intend for this to be mean at all, but as you just posted a thread asking whether horses bite,.

    I never posted a thread asking do horses bite...=/ I asked for advice..Just because I asked for advice does not mean I cannot give it!

    What I said works so why should I not tell her what works?
         
        02-27-2011, 04:56 PM
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    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    Oh no Tiny, I usually agree with everything that you say.

    But this poster is uncomfortable with it, the other horses there might not be as well manner as yours, and her experience level might not be the same as yours.

    I personally would give a treat when you get the horse to the gate or after it is through the gate and away from the other horses.
    Also it might help to pull the horse out of the field a lot more often but don't ride or work the horse, do fun things instead like grooming or whatever your horse enjoys. I don't think I would be in a hurry to be caught if I were then going to have to work every time.

    Alex, you've got a point there. I think that you may be right. The poster's experience level is what is the key here. I am perfectly able to shush off the other horses if they come in thinking to be treated by me. But I do realize the potential for danger in a group of horses. This is probably a habit I should reevaluate for it's wisdom.
    Thank you for bravely correcting where it was needed.!
         

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