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post #1 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question My Horse Runs From Me When I try to Halter Him

So whenever I go into my horse's stall to put his halter on him to lead him to the cross ties he runs from me. I try treats but he's starting to figure out that trick. I've tried shutting his stall door so he can't run outside but he still manages to get away from me. As soon as i get his nose in the halter (which is usually after five minutes or so) he's fine. But is there any way to get him to stop running away from me?

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 10:26 PM
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Well I wouldn't do this when your in his stall but what fixed this with my appy mare out in the pasture is "chasing her"
If I went out to catch her she would turn and walk away from me so I would then spank her hind with the lead and lounge her around the pasture, then I would try and catch her again if she stood there, we would walk to the barn no big deal, if she walked away from me, she would get lounge again.
idk if that makes sense
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 10:28 PM
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If you're in a safe, enclosed area, you can let him run, and then keep him running. Once he's a little tired looking, give him the choice of a) stop and hang out and be haltered or b) run away and be made to run more than you want. Repeat, repeat, repeat until he learns it's just easier to be caught. If you're not in a safe, enclosed area, he probably shouldn't be left loose there any way.

I like to mix it up with going out, haltering, give cookies, then leave. Or halter, walk over to grain or dinner, then turn out again after. If halter always means work time, then I can't hardly blame them for not being enthusiastic about it.
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Thanks! I'll have to try out those ideas :)

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another idea to try. When you feed him his grain have the halter in your hand and when he put his head down in the bucket to eat slip it on. It may take several trys but in no time he'll realize the halter isn't a bad thing:)
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-05-2011, 12:57 AM
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how can your horse run away from in his stall? I am not sure I understand this. He gets past you and out the door into the stall way? Don't you shut the stall gate or put up the barrier behind you when you go it?

I would go in, cllose the gate behind me and stand near the gate. If you horse turns away from you , first of all wait for a few minutes and see if he won't change him mind. Just patiently wait and watch.

If he stays away , then make some sort of noise to wake him up and make him really look at you. If he looks, be still and quiet, if he turns away, scuffle ther ground, or tap the wall or if you have a whip, make a little "whir" , just enouhg tho make him jump his attention back on you, then wait.

Keep doing this; making enough noise to interupt him if and when he looks away from you, then being still and quiet when he looks . I bet you anything that if you are very clear (look at me you get quiet, turn away and you will be bothered by the noise I will make.) dont actually chase him in a stall. Too dangerous. stay by the door. eventually, he will come to you. When he does, the first couple of times, pet him , rub him with the halter, but then just leave him alone as a reward. Then you can halter him the next time. It's like a game. Patience wins.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-05-2011, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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He has a turnout connected to his stall. I usually shut the door to his turnout but it was broke (fixed now). Thank you for the suggestion! :)

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-08-2011, 02:32 AM
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I would just spend more time hanging around your horse. Make them realize that you're not just going to make them do work. If the horse runs away, if you're in a stall, just stand there. Have treats, and make the horse come as close as possible to get it. But don't lure him in and then catch him- in fact, don't even take him out. Just give him the treat when HE moves to YOU, and either do it again or leave. Make it the horse's idea to be around you. But keep doing this, just making him come to you and giving him a treat, a scratch, pets, until he's comfortable, then add in a lead rope. Repeat the whole process, but this time, throw the rope over his neck. Don't lead him, don't take him out, just make him come over, put the lead rope around, then take it off. When he's comfortable, add the halter, etc., until he stops running. But I would try to just increase the quality time you spend together, so he doesn't think that you=caught=taken out=worked, and that's it. He needs to associate you with friendship and care more than work.
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