Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
One of our six was hard to catch when we first got him. We were the sixth owners and he was only 6 years old. After he was caught by his previous owner, he was quickly brushed out, had a saddle thrown on him and rode. When he was done being rode, he was untacked and put back out to pasture right away. So to him, being caught only meant that he was going to get worked.
When we got him, it took two people to corner him in the pasture to catch him. We tried chasing him away, working in the round pen and a lot of comforting, brushing, treats and feed, when he was caught. Not sure what it was that worked, since we did mixtures of it everytime we caught him. I know he had serious trust issues because of the number of owners and how old he was. Now he comes when you call his name, well, most of the time. If he doesn't come, he at least lets you walk up to him and halter him.
The rest have in general been pretty easy to catch. Usually, they come right up to the gate. If they were to give a hard time, they are sent away from the rest until they give two eyes. Once you get the two eyes, they are pretty easy to catch. If they break the two eyes rule, they get sent away again. I think they realize it's better to get caught so they can get brushed, grained, and treats than have to "work" first. The reason why I think this is, if we were to let them go freely out of the pasture, they head straight to the barn, lol!
P.S. Soo funny Marecare!!!
Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse! Mares RULE! Geldings drool!