Join Date: May 2010
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Help with difficult horse to catch
I took in 2 rescues this weekend. One is a older appy cross gelding who was starved almost to death TWICE this year (by 2 seperate people). He's a former camp horse and beginner lesson horse who has to have his feed soaked, and a combination of stupid people and pride led to him not being fed or not being fed soaked feed so he lots tons of weight. He's doing GREAT here. He's amazing, and is the perfect horse/pony for my children to learn with.
The other one is a highly trained little 13ish hand paint x ? who was pulled off the back of a slaughter truck at age 2. He has TONS of training on him, but won't accept a beginner child rider...so NOT a good beginner horse.
Gotta love those package deals, eh?
Anyway, I'd like to train him to drive. He is well behaved in hand, obedient, my 6 yr old can lunge him. He's very gentle....until he's loose. CATCHING this horse is a huge feat. They got here Sunday, we turned them loose in the pasture to get acclimated with my horse, Boe. Cool. Well, we were given very vague feeding directions, and almost no feed to transition them and what they're being fed I can't get my area so when we tried to catch him to tape him and get an idea of how much to feed him...he wouldn't let us touch him.
We spent 2 HOURS trying to catch him. We were told he is shy, so at first we thought he was nervous and scared by the new environment. No. The little snot. He would almost let us touch him/catch him and then he'd run off, "drop", prick his ears forward, arch his neck, and start prancing...asserting himself as "dominant". So we decided to revert back to herd technique, and make him keep away from us, the herd, and the food. If he wanted to run, we were going to make him run HARD. Snot treated it all as a game. We finally cornered him and we were able to catch him. This was Sunday night. I lunged him yesterday, but did not and will not turn him out. I don't have 2 more people here now to help me catch him again.
What can I do? I only have my pasture (2 acres) and 2 stalls for 3 horses. The only reason we agreed to take him was b/c he can be left out. The other two horses NEED the stalls (thin and little winter coat, the other VERY thin and clipped winter coat and old, in his 20s) but I can't turn him out if I can't catch him! I don't have a round pen, nor the funds to build one (Christmas + these ponies coming in wiped us out).