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    08-27-2010, 09:18 PM
Horse that won't be caught in the field.

I have a problem with catching this horse. Anytime I get near him in the field, he runs. Treats and grain don't work; he still won't come/stand still to be caught. He knows when it's time to come in to eat so then it's not as bad, but all the other horses in the field usually have to come in first for him to be caught. Any suggestions on what I should do about him? I really don't want to chase him around the field for an hour if I want to ride before meal time.
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    08-27-2010, 09:25 PM
One thing to try is - when the other horses come in to eat and he comes in too, catch him, give him a treat, groom him and put him away. It will probably take a while but soon he will be thinking 'hey I get a treat and a masage'. I know this method can suck because the usual reason you want to catch is so you can ride, and this isn't condusive to that.
But just a suggestion.
    08-27-2010, 09:32 PM
I think that would help if the reason he ran was because he didn't want to be ridden. But he still is a pain when it's timee to eat (so I've been told). He also isn't a huge fan of being groomed so I'm not sure he'll want to come in for that either. But thanks!
    08-27-2010, 09:46 PM
Hhhmmmmmm. That would be frustrating. Is it possible to keep him separated in a smaller pasture or something along those lines? At least it would be easier to catch him.
I've heard of some people that will catch this evasive horse of theirs and tie them somewhere out of sight of horses and they will be the ones to take food and water to their horse. Then the horse will see you as more of a go to kind of person rather than a run away kind of person.

Again just a suggestion.
    08-27-2010, 10:13 PM
When I boarded my horse, and I had to go catch him he would always be a pain too. Treats wouldn't work either and he was on free feed, so it was even worse. But I found out what was triggering him to run off and be a butt... With my horse when he saw the halter and lead he would take off, same with if he heard it jingle or make noise... So what I did, was keeping the halter and lead behind my back so he couldn't see, and slowly approaching him, eyes down so it's not threatening to him. And when that worked he would get a treat.
    08-27-2010, 10:18 PM
The reason horses run from humans is that they didn't enjoy the last time that they were with humans. If you make their time spent with you fun/comforting/mentally stimulating, they'll run to you, instead.
    08-27-2010, 10:33 PM
Green Broke
Is it a wide open field (much bush?) If there's alot of bush this wont work consistently as the horse will get wise & just run for the trees, but you can always run him till he stops running. He will stop eventually.
Or better yet, get someone else to do it so that you can stand in the corner of the field with a rope & when he comes to you, whoever's chasing him will back off & he'll eventually realize that when he's near you he doesn't get chased.
This can be done with a quad or another horse.
Don't worry about riling all the horses up either. Once they realize that it isnt them that you're after, they will settle down & go about their business.
It's the same as when you're working in a round pen with a horse that wont "join up" You make them run circles until they realize that it's best just to come to you. Only it's really hard to chase a horse in a big field on foot! Lol
    08-27-2010, 10:40 PM
Originally Posted by lilruffian    
but you can always run him till he stops running.

This is what I do, had to do it this morning actually! The gyspy didn't want to come in, actually barged through her door and went into a different paddock, so I chased and chased, swinging my rope, not hitting her, just being a bit of a dominant mare. She then dropped her head and actually came to me.

My thought is, if a horse doesn't want to be with you, chase her off, they always come back wanting more!
    08-27-2010, 10:46 PM
Thanks guys. I figure the whole making him run thing is what I would have to do. I was hoping maybe there would be an different way. Luckily the field isn't too big. I'm still thinking I'll probably get tired before he does!
    08-27-2010, 10:50 PM
Green Broke
That's why we use a quad! Lol Just don't drive too close on his heels lol because some will actually kick at the quad. Another horse works as well. My friend had to do this everytime she wanted to catch a particular mare and eventually all it took was for her to start the quad up, drive through the gate and she'd stop running & stand and wait! Lol

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