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    11-29-2011, 08:43 AM
  #1
Foal
my horse runs from me when I want to halter her

I need some advice. Iam new to horse ownership. My mare is a pain to catch. When I come near her with her halter and lead she runs from me. She is even getting wise to the grain or treats trick. I do not want to make a habit of baiting her. Usually I can give her a little grain in her stall then sneak out and shut her stall door so that she can't run outside on me. But this is such a pain. My gelding comes right to me with no issues and I want my mare to be like this too. Once I get her haltered she is very well behaved, it's just getting her to that point. Any tips and advice out there for me?
     
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    11-29-2011, 08:57 AM
  #2
Started
How old is she and how much training has she had???
     
    11-29-2011, 09:11 AM
  #3
Foal
She is 14. I am not positive on her training. I got her from an older lady that alwasy used her for trail riding. She owned her for I think 8 years. She will come right to you when you go out to her but as soon as she thinks you are going to "catch" her she takes off.
     
    11-29-2011, 09:17 AM
  #4
Started
I am not much help. If she was younger I would say she was playing. But she is in her teens so she is testing you or so I would think. How long have you had her??
Options
1. Everytime she runs away go after her and force her away even faster. So if she goes away in a trot force her to canter until she wants to have the easy choice to be with you
2. Or listen to others on here who have more experience :) and might now something easier.
But either way don't work on this in the stall!! Small spaces could get tricky. You want to work with her in an area you can let her move and you move without being in danger of corners :)
And trainers/instructors are also very helpful
     
    11-29-2011, 09:22 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Instead of putting a halter on, just loop the leadrope round her neck and if your barn is a short walk or her stable is a short walk, put her in.

My YO has some very nice QH brood mares who he has trained AGAINST being haltered so they can't be stolen from a field and will follow only when you loop a leadrope round their necks. Once you've established this, try putting a halter on.
     
    11-29-2011, 10:23 AM
  #6
Weanling
If you have a roundpen or a smaller pen (best if its round but doesn't necessarily have to be) try and get her into there. Then push her away and make her work, do lots of direction changes transitions etc until she has one ear turned in to you. She may start licking her lips or put her head down as if she was sniffing but not all horses do. Once you get to this point stop putting pressure and turn your back on her. Let her turn in to you, she may walk across the roundpen to you or it may only be one or two steps but once she comes in wait a few seconds and then slowly walk to her and pat her as a reward. She will soon learn that when she is with you she gets pets and love and when she is not with you she has to work.
If you don't have a roundpen you can use the same sort of concept out in the pasture (hopefully is a fairly small one or you will get a lot of exercise). If she turns to walk away, drive her away and make it your idea. Don't let her stop or try to eat, every time she does make her move again. After a bit when it looks like she is paying attention to you and not just trying to get away then turn your back on her. If she comes up to you then put the halter on and take her out, if she doesn't keep her moving until she does.
Another thing that may help is once you catch her don't always take her out and ride the hide off of her. Sometimes just catch her and give her a snack or a grooming and then let her back out. Then catching isn't always a bad thing.
Well if you made it through that novel congrats! Hope this helps :)
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    11-29-2011, 11:14 AM
  #7
Foal
She is associating the halter and lead with something she doesn't like doing when it goes on. Like being worked,etc. (sometimes some horses don't even care for brushing!) see if for a couple days once you catch her just to love on her and let her graze (the remaining grass nibblets) or give her treats once you have the halter on...not before!

I agree with the roundpen technique or even this out in pasture...walk toward her shoulder in a zig zag pattern and if she is keeping her eye on you keep going.slowly. If she turns her head to look away or goes to run or walk away. You start walking away from her until you see her look at you again. Repeat as needed until you are close. And if she didn't run away give her a treat. You might need to do this without a halter or lead in hand.

or making you can make your other horse come over and give him treats (crunchier the better so she can hear it! Is better) and then letting her get curious enough to wander over. And once she is over don't even show her the lead just pet on her. If she goes to leave (assuming she walks away).

You need her to associate you and the halter/lead with pleasant things. And even make work a little simple for a couple day once you want to ride and catch her easily. Work on stuff while ridden that she alread knows and does well. So she feels that it wasn't so hard/bad.

Good luck! Sorry for typos,punctuation and grammar ...typing quicky!
     
    11-29-2011, 11:39 AM
  #8
Weanling
I say giving treats is a bad idea. It has taught my horse to be very lippy. I'm done with that. As others suggested, I would just put a rope on her neck. Does she run away, or simply turn away and walk. My horses used to do this, every time he seen me coming he wold turn, and walk away. He accosiated being caught, with work. So I started taking him out for fun things, as well as work. Like eating grass, sometimes I fed him outside of the pasture, played games, made coming out something to look forward too. He always walks up to me now...
     
    11-29-2011, 02:10 PM
  #9
Foal
More times than not when I halter her it is for good things, a walk out to the grassy pasture, a good brushing, or just to love on her. No matter what she will run. Like today I went out just to love on her, no halter or anything, and as soon as I enter her stall she runs out. She will quickly come back in but it took a couple times of me turning my back to her waiting for her to come to me before she didnt walk away when I turned towards her. I let her follow me out of her stall (into the barn) on her own today with no halter or lead. Once she was in the barn and couldnt go back into her stall she stood and let me put her halter on. She will even do this if I have just a lead in my hand. And she will not come back in teh barn as long as I am holding one or the other. Again, most times when I do halter her it is not to work her. I have tried the give treats to my gelding and let her come to me and as soon as I turn towards her she leaves. Do you think this is a trust issue with her or more of a lazy, I don't wanna do anything issue?
     
    11-29-2011, 02:18 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kait18    
options
1. Everytime she runs away go after her and force her away even faster. So if she goes away in a trot force her to canter until she wants to have the easy choice to be with you
2. Or listen to others on here who have more experience :) and might now something easier.
But either way don't work on this in the stall!! Small spaces could get tricky. You want to work with her in an area you can let her move and you move without being in danger of corners :)
And trainers/instructors are also very helpful
I agree with Kait on this one I would make her run faster. Soon she'll figure out that running away is not much fun. I don't believe in grain or treating my horses to catch them. I don't think it works once they figure it out it'll make it worse or they'll expect it every time. See if there is some one with more experience to so you some tricks. Sometimes it is easier with some one showing you what to do rather then trying to understand what people are trying to explain on the internet.
     

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