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post #1 of 8 Old 07-23-2010, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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SOOOOOO hard to catch

I am at my wits end with this horse.For a year i have tryed it all as far as catching.I have done the whole feeding in a stall thing so that when he sees me he will just go in there..didnt last.Ive done the catch me game..He dosnt care.I have done it all.He sees me and hes gone and it takes two people to corner him.He dosnt fight it when we catch him ts just the catching part that is so dang hard.How do you get a horse to come to you
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-24-2010, 02:58 AM
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To catch a horse is a developed horsemanship skill.

A person learns to approach the horse with the right state of mind and attitude in such a manner that the horse is willing to be with you.

Some people think that everyone should be able to do this.

Some think that no study or training is involved.

Some people blame the horse.

Some think that this skill can be learned from the Internet from a few Paragraphs or a video.

Some people keep their horse in a box stall so they are not challenged by the task.

"The greatest strength is gentleness."
- Iroquois Proverb
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-24-2010, 03:12 AM
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have you ever just sat in the pasture for a day an let your horse come to you? He will probably wonder why you aren't trying to catch him. I have to sometimes do that with my horse...usually when she is in heat...it's HORRIBLE!....some days I can catch her....I also play a game sometime..I go and see the other horses first and act like I don't want to see her so she will relax and then I can usually come up to her afterwards...works majority of them time.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-24-2010, 03:19 AM
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Your body language pays a BIG part in catching a horse, you should never approach directly. But if you horse is just being a butt, then the best I find that works, is driving him away. Use a whip, or I use the halter attached to the end of the lead line and keep throwing it at his rump, push and push and push him away, he will get tired and want to come in, them keep pushing him away. He will learn after a week or so not to run away, other wise he wont get to stop running LOL.. it works charms

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post #5 of 8 Old 07-24-2010, 05:18 AM
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just keep trying... maybe be calm and just trust him!!
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-24-2010, 08:14 AM
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To catch a horse is a developed horsemanship skill.

A person learns to approach the horse with the right state of mind and attitude in such a manner that the horse is willing to be with you.

Some people think that everyone should be able to do this.

Some think that no study or training is involved.

Some people blame the horse.

Some think that this skill can be learned from the Internet from a few Paragraphs or a video.

Some people keep their horse in a box stall so they are not challenged by the task.

Love this.

I have written down methods on catching horses plenty of times on here, but unless you approach it correctly, they are just that.....methods.

As long as people are looking at the horses like computers or cars, that should react a certain way when the manual is followed, then they will never get far.

When I was 13 yrs old, my trainer would send me out in a 18 acre pasture with 12 horses to catch one hard to catch, flighty paso mare. It would take me several hours to catch this mare on a regular basis. I used to think it was a hard to catch horse, now, I realize that my trainer knew how to catch that horse all along, she was just training me.

Now, I run into horses all the time that the owner will be working on catching for hours, and I can catch in minimal time even if I've never met the horse before. I don't use any "methods", I work with what they give me when they give it to me.

Until you stop looking at the horse through methods, and start looking at the horse, you may be able to halter that horse, but you will never be able to catch it.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-24-2010, 10:08 AM
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Love this.

I have written down methods on catching horses plenty of times on here, but unless you approach it correctly, they are just that.....methods.

As long as people are looking at the horses like computers or cars, that should react a certain way when the manual is followed, then they will never get far.

When I was 13 yrs old, my trainer would send me out in a 18 acre pasture with 12 horses to catch one hard to catch, flighty paso mare. It would take me several hours to catch this mare on a regular basis. I used to think it was a hard to catch horse, now, I realize that my trainer knew how to catch that horse all along, she was just training me.

Now, I run into horses all the time that the owner will be working on catching for hours, and I can catch in minimal time even if I've never met the horse before. I don't use any "methods", I work with what they give me when they give it to me.

Until you stop looking at the horse through methods, and start looking at the horse, you may be able to halter that horse, but you will never be able to catch it.



This is exactly right.
I kind of mentally thank each horse that presents challenges like this because I know that IF I accomplish the task I will be better at it.

I hate to get all ZEN on you but if you only have 15 minutes to catch the horse it may take all day but if you have all day it will take 15 minutes.

The other very important thing to accept is that horses can see your mood and attitude like I can see the color of your hair and if you are upset,frustrated,or have other problems in your life,The horse is directly effected by what you bring to the pasture.

I was given a wonderful mare by an old cowboy friend of mine many years ago and he told me that when I could just walk up to her and catch her I was a horseman.

Some days I can and some days I need to go back into the house and start over.
The horse is one of my best teachers.

"The greatest strength is gentleness."
- Iroquois Proverb
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-25-2010, 04:49 PM
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Only try to catch the horse when you have hours to spend at it. Go out and take as much time as you need but catch the horse EVERY time. Marecare and Flitterbug gave great advice.

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