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        10-04-2011, 05:21 PM
    Originally Posted by TheChelseyDee    
    Bring them out for grain and stand there with the halter and lead on. Take them out to brush. Take them out just for a walk down the road. Take them out to hangout in the yard with the family. Take them out to clean their feet, get a treat, then go back.
    To do any of this you first need the horse to come to you in the field.
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        10-04-2011, 06:19 PM
    I had a mare that was hard to catch this spring. (previously had to be corned and chased for 30 min.) We had 10+ horses in the same 40 acre pasture. So trying to catch her was a challenge. She never had feed before but I found that she liked it. When I was on the farm working, I would stick my hands in the feed bucket (get them smelly and dusty with feed). Then walked out to the pasture. She would eventually come over (after all the other horses) and sniff me. I would do this 2-5 times a day on the wknds. After a month, I could walk out there and catch her without a pail or feed on my hand. When I would catch her, I would not always make her work. Sometimes she got pampered other times not. Sometimes she would get a treat, other times not. My goal was for them to make the choice to be with me, not because of treats or pampering. Years ago, we had an arabian gelding that didn't want to be caught. He would let you get so close and then prance around in circles. I would turn my back to him, put my feed pail down in front of me, and then he would walk up to me. Very frustrating but he was a little odd. :) Every horse if different. Hopefully you find something that works for your horses.
        10-05-2011, 07:38 PM
    I agree with SaddleBag and Corporal!! I may be getting an unhandled resuce miny- and so obviously its very hard to catch- and will be trying the walking method!
        10-05-2011, 09:31 PM
    I've used the walking method, too - with the join-up style. What also works for me in the small herd that we have (4) without requiring me to run back and forth across a large pasture is to cause the horse to run away if they won't allow themselves to be caught .... and then not let that horse rejoin the herd. Usually mine come up to me but once in a while my TWH mare decides she doesn't want to be caught. The other horses are always gathered around me so all I have to do is get between them and the TWH. It doesn't take very long for her to decide to face me and stand to be haltered. It's a variation on the join up method, with rejoining the herd being the reward and release of pressure.

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