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post #1 of 6 Old 06-08-2013, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Problem catching horse

So, my mare has had a problem ever since I've gotten her. She doesn't ever want to be caught. I don't do anything stressful with her. Most of the time I let her graze, I don't even try riding her because I know it would be impossible to catch her the next time I try. She is always really crabby at me, and I don't understand why. Even when I don't have a halter/lead she leaves me, and chases the other 2 horses away. My pasture is really big, so they can run away from me. I do have a smaller pen but in order to get them in there I have to bribe them with grain and that isn't fixing the problem at all.

What are your experiences with hard to catch horses? I don't want a quick fix like offering her grain. I want to be able to catch her without a food bribe. I do give her treats usually after I halter her. Someone please help, because I'm really stuck. :(
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subbing only because I have the same problem half the time with my one horse.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-08-2013, 01:48 PM
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You have to walk her down, not directly but by circling around and from behind. Then if she's paying no attention, make her move. Keep your energy low so she doesn't go far. Just keep circling behind and driving her away. At first she'll be Ha, you can't catch me, but as you move her she will realize it's no fun anymore and she will want to make it hard for you to get behind her. Unless she keeps both eyes glued on you she's still looking to leave. You can still drive her shoulder away. Eventually she will want relief from this and will want to come to you. Of course that is when you stop moving her and offer your hand, fingers down to offer contact. Don't hide the halter and lead but don't attempt to halter her just yet. If she walks off, continue driving her away. Take the time to do this now and it will pay off in the long run. The other horses will lose interest and will graze. She will to as well but keep her moving. This is how you establish who's the more dominant one.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-08-2013, 02:09 PM
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It sounds like your horse needs earn some respect, I'd suggest, dong what Saddlebag said to get her caught, then I would do some ground work her, while lunging her, do lots of transactions, n yielding HQS, n FQs, backing up.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-08-2013, 04:27 PM
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^ agree with the above post but want to also add that some horses prefer to haltered from the side by first putting the lead rope around their neck then slipping the halter over them. Not sure why this is maybe previous training?? You might want to try it. We have two that this is the only way they will be caught.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-08-2013, 05:07 PM
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get them inot the smaller enclosure, by bribery if needed.

learn how to walk down your horse (there is TONS of stuff written about it here)

get good at this before you let them out in to the big pasture.

and read up more on horses, because your approach to them is not accurate for a human to horse relationship. What I mean is that you are approaching her as if she were one of your girlfriends who was giving you the cold shoulder 'caseu she was miffed at you for something, but wouldn't tell you what it was, and you had been trying to be so nice to win her back.
throw all that away.

Your horse wants to be left alone to eat and rest. That is her foundation. pretty much all horses want this. They enjoy the company of other horses, and humans, if they feel that they are safer in their company. They feel safer if they have an obvious place in the group, and an obvious leader. An obvious leader is one that can move them around, even if they pin their ears and resist. if another horse tries to move them, some horse they don't know, they will usually resist, until it becomes apparent that the new horse will not give in and does not care about their attitude of resistance.

you need to move your horse around, and not care about her resistance. once she realizes that you are capable of this, she will stop having this resistant attitude, unless you begin "begging" her to like you.

This is the beginning of a journey of learning for you. Keep reading here, and other places, and see if you don't see yourself in the threads of countless other young owners , who are frustrated that their horse does not "like" them, and are begging their hrose to love them and having all kinds of attitude problems as a result.
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