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post #1 of 10 Old 05-01-2011, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Tell me about your horses!

Hello all!
I'm curious how many of you have, or have had a horse that was difficult to catch.
And if you did... what was/is your horse's back ground? Why do you think they run away? What did you do to fix the problem?
I want to find out how common this sort of thing is.
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-01-2011, 09:01 PM
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I have 18 horses and I can't catch any of them.
Every time I try I get really tired and have to lay down...ha!

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post #3 of 10 Old 05-01-2011, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Too cute!
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-01-2011, 09:06 PM
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I started having this problem with Rodeo. He is a one year old PaintxTB gelding. Another horse in the pasture was trying to keep him from me, and since then he has tried to run away occasionally when I try to go and catch him.

Not sure if this is the right thing to do, but it has been working almost instantly with me and my guy. When he starts walking away, I make him trot, or move away from me faster than he is going. He does this for a few more seconds(not long at all) and then finally just stops and stands there, and then I have no problem what so ever catching him.

Like I said, not sure if it is the "correct" way to deal with this problem, but it works great for me
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-01-2011, 09:07 PM
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hello! My Quater Horse gelding used to be pretty bad about being caught, and it was especially hard because he was kept in a large pasture. His background was healing, and then he was just our family horse. He ran away when he would see a halter/lead rope, because he knew it meant he was going to be ridden.
When I wanted to catch him, I would hold the halter & lead rope behind my back, and hold out my hand, which sometimes had a treat in it, and sometimes didn't (kind of mean, I know). Or I would just stuff the halter down my shirt, lol, and he would only give me a confused look when I approached.

marecare, that's so adorable!

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post #6 of 10 Old 05-01-2011, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!
I would also love to hear from people who have never encountered this problem.
lol.... I'm trying to conduct a bit of research.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-01-2011, 09:24 PM
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lol, well what do you want to know about people that have never encountered the problem? I have had problems catching some horses, and other horses never had a single problem catching....
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-01-2011, 09:27 PM
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Marecare I LOVE IT!

We only have 1 of 10 that is hard to catch, the rest come when I whistle or call their names. The one is my daughter's pony and he's just a rotten little pain in the butt and I have better things to do than mess with a pet pony, he will however gladly come with a shake of the grain bucket lol!

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-01-2011, 09:30 PM
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One of mine will literally put her face in the halter even if you aren't trying to catch her. She's an attention *****, though. lol.

My gelding used to run for the hills before I finally got him easy to catch. What I did was just followed him around until he finally stopped. The second he stopped I turned around and walked away. We kept doing this until he eventually stopped and let me catch him. I guess he got tired of running. I should add that this took more than one time to complete this.

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-01-2011, 09:59 PM
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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!!!

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