ok I did not read all the replies as I am tired and half asleep but here is my .02!
My mustang mare did the same thing as yours. For the first 2 months she was fine and walked up to you when called. She started doing that where she would not be caught. I started with the food bribing, it worked for about a week. Then that day came I though, you want to run some? Then we are gonna run! I chased that mare for the first day for an hour or more until she decided she did not want to move no matter what we did. I never tried to catch her until she stopped and would not move when I tried to run her off. If she stopped, we got her going again. It is actually using part of herf instinct with the mare, you are teaching her that you are the herd leader. I did this each and every day, and each day she became easier to catch. It was just a minute or two at first, but within 2 weeks, I had cut it down to 30 minutes or less. Within a month it was less than 5 minutes. After 2 months, she comes running to the gate as soon as she hears me walking towards the barn!
She will quickly learn that running and being chased around without you giving up or bribing her is to much work and it is a hole lot easier to just be caught. The main thing is to never let them stop running until it is obvious they give up and no longer want to run away. It is time consuming and must be done thoroughly, do not give up half way through. Also, don't always go out and catch her and ride/work her, sometimes just go catch her, pet her or brush her for a minute or two, then let her go. She will probably look at you like, that's it? but it helps her to know it is not all work when she gets caught. Stick with it, cause it works! Basically it is like join up, which is what many others are describing, and it does work in larger pastures, just hard on you with all the running!
Do not look her in the eye either, aim for the neck or shoulder area. Also, if she stops and then even looks like she is gonna run, start chasing her again until she stops again, then try to catch her again.
I agree with leaving the halter on until you get her broke of the running away habit, try to make sure there is nothing to get caught on, or purchase a break away halter so if she does get hung up, she can get it off.
Do not rush her to be caught, send her off and make her go away from you until she decides, ok I am NOT gonna run away anymore. It works wonders, I have used it on many horses and every one of them has turned around, most in less than month. The best one was my friends 14 y.o quarab, she had not been able to easily catch him since he was a 2 year old. I went out and worked with him everyday, when he ran, we would purposefully chase him around the pasture until he would just give up. Within 2 weeks, he would be waiting for us to come and get him.
You know how to make a miniature horse even smaller? Leave them in the dryer a little longer!
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Last edited by minihorse927; 01-13-2009 at 01:56 AM.