Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
When a horse runs from me, I make them work. I let them make the decision whether to run or stay when I come to catch. When I work with an arab mare who detests work [she'll stand nicely if I don't have a halter or lead for some lovin'] and if she runs, I make running harder for her.
I'll take a lead rope and whip it against the ground and chase her off. If she hides behind a tree, or another horse when she runs, I chase her off again. I keep my focus on her, and by doing so, I don't cause all of them to go running off like crazy horses.
When she sits and relaxes and looks at me, I can go get her. As soon as she moves off, I relax immediately because my goal is not to associate being good with pressure. After a time or two with this, she stops playing and settles down and we move on to our regular routine.