Hard to catch horses. What to do?
I have had horses for 13 years and never had this problem. Originally I had one then had 2 and moved up to having 4 horses. Over the years we have sold those horses and I started fresh with 1 horse. I went one week not owning a horse (looking for a new one and sold the other one first) and that was a horrible week. Anyway, the new horse always came to me to be caught and all was good. I had her for 1 and a half years and this spring I bought a 2 year old. The 2 year old didn’t even know how to be caught or lead and my 4 year old was great for teaching her that. Up until a couple weeks ago. I went to catch the 2 year old and she started running away from me. I just caught my 4 yr old and could then catch the 2 yr old. No big deal. It has now progressed to the point where I can’t catch either of them. I feed them grain morning and evening and they will let me catch them no problem but as soon as they know it is not feeding time they run away. My pasture isn’t that small and so for me to just follow them around all day is not fun. It would be good exercise for me but that is beside the point haha. I am looking for tips on how to catch them. The last 2 times I have brought the quad out and chased them till they were tired and then I could catch them. The first time I chased them around for a solid 7 minutes and the second time it only took 2 minutes. My problem is that I don’t want to have to chase them to catch them. I would just like to walk in and get whichever horse I want. I had thought of separating them, which is fine but I would like them to be able to be together as it is easier to feed for winter. I have the feed and the water by the gate as well as that is where I feed the grain. I am tempted to make the fence smaller but then again why can’t they just listen in a big fence? It isn’t that huge, roughly 250 Feet long and 100 feet wide with four rows of trees.
As I said, I have had horses for 13 years and never encountered this problem. I know it is the 2 yr old that has taught the 4 yr old and I am not impressed. Please let me in on some helpful tips. I will do whatever it takes to have easy to catch horses again.
Thanks in advance.