Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Brandon, Manitoba Canada
I have four horses and one boarded here, I have never had a problem catching any of the horse.....they are usually at the gate waiting to see who gets to come out.
How I accomplished that is not by giving them treats from the hand, I've never done that but I mix it up on them, I will bring them out to just groom them, let them out in the yard to graze, give them some of their favorite alfalfa while grooming them and once a day at supper time they all have to be haltered before they get their supper.
My boarder's old horse was a very hard horse to catch, he would spend 1/2 an hour trying to catch him, I would halter my horses up one by one and then take them out in the yard and unhalter them (I have the yard fenced off so they can wander around), his horse would not let me halter him for two days. So the first two days he spent his time in the pasture running around like a fool whinnying for the others, I would go down every hour or so and see if he was ready to put his halter on.......nope he would run away. That went on for two days, the third day everyone went in the yard, I went to halter him, he ran away....I left him for an hour and went out again, he was ready to have his halter put on, I walked him out of the pasture and removed his halter LOL the look on his face was priceless!! After that his owner or anyone had no problem catching him.
I also did the approach and retreat with him, if he turned to walk away when I approached him I would turn away.....of course that got him curious as to what I was doing so he would turn to me, I would turn back and walk towards him and he would turn away, I would do the same.....it does take patience and time but it works in the long run.
My horses are the joy in my life.....