Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
When I have a horse that is hard to catch, I take the halter and lead line and then if it backs away from me I first move it back and forth in the stall until it gets tired and lets me touch it and halter it. Then I go in the stall a few times a day and just hang out but do not approach it.. Soon it comes up to me on it's own, then I rub it with my hands, after that has become the usual habit of it, I then bring the halter and rub it against her.
If she is snorting she is afraid, the lead line on the first trip in is to show that you can control it's feet even in the stall. The next several trips make sure you are safe, walk away from her, then back towards her in a 45 degree angle so she is not ready to go into flight mode, then retreat before you get to her, back off and then do it again until you get closer and closer. After you finally approach her and touch her, then retreat and look away from her looking either at a 45 degree angle or completely away from her. Wait until she approaches you, if 10 minutes goes by go back to approach and retreat.
This takes some patience but it works. And works for good.