Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Four Seasons climate
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.
If it's worth keeping, it's worth taking care of.