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post #1 of 19 Old 06-02-2010, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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What Make a Horse Hard To Catch?

I have a mare here that I have only had about 2 months. When she came here, you could catch her anywhere, anytime. The more I ride her, the more difficult it is becoming to catch her. She came from a place where she was hardly ridden at all. Do you think she just doesn't want to work? Any suggestions as to how to nip this in the bud?

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post #2 of 19 Old 06-02-2010, 02:22 PM
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Bingo.

She has to make up her mind that hard to catch is not the answer. The only way to "convince" her is to make her work harder when she chooses to go away. Keep her feet moving--work-- and only let her rest next to you. Don't chase her. The key is for her to do the work and for you to control her feet. You don't need a lead on her to do that. If the pasture is big get a couple of your friends to help you.

If she allows you to halter her nicely just halter her and let her go.

Most horses start this when work is added to their life.

Pretty soon you can control her feet just by walking in the pasture.
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post #3 of 19 Old 06-02-2010, 03:13 PM
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This approach will teach the horse that she'll have to allow herself to be caught or else she'll be worked at liberty. It's desirable, however, for her to want to be with you--"Oh, boy, there's my fun human!" rather than, "Might as well let her catch me or else she'll just run me around."
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post #4 of 19 Old 06-02-2010, 10:27 PM
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Noone wants to work all the time.
If the only time you spend with your horse she has to do something I would expect her to be difficult to catch. Somedays just catch her, groom her (I would groom her in the same place you usually tack up, so that place is also a place of relaxation and not always work). Or you could even just lead her around a bit to graze somewhere different.
I do agree with the 'make her work if she isn't easy to catch'. But sometimes it's nice for them to just feel good to be with their human friend - no strings attached - just bonding time. Have fun with your horse.
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post #5 of 19 Old 06-02-2010, 10:42 PM
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Sometimes it's a domination issue or she is just being playful or lazy and doesn't want to work. All of my horses like to run away when I try to catch them. But with my best mare Bella, When I need to catch her I shake a grain bucket and she comes running and I can catch her. Hope this helps :)
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post #6 of 19 Old 06-03-2010, 02:21 AM
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Give her a mouth full of grain every time you catch her and catch her but don't work her. Just give her a little grain and let her stand for a while.

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post #7 of 19 Old 06-03-2010, 02:38 AM
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I have never agreed with bribary! But with anything that is hard to catch it's hard to know what to do. Like they say get her in to be groomed and messed with, not always to be ridden and just make her want to be with you.
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I never said groom her or mess with her. Get her caught, give her a little bit of grain and leave her alone to eat it and as soon as she is done turn her loose again. You can't MAKE her want to be with you because she isn't going to. I have a dog that wants to be with me so I don't have to pen him. He just lays on the front porch and waits for me to come outside. I have never seen a horse that would do that. That tells me that they would rather be with other horses 99% of the time. For a reward and to establish that good things happen when she gets caught don't force yourself on her. You can catch her again later to groom her and "mess" with her.

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post #9 of 19 Old 06-03-2010, 10:42 AM
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Yes and when she starts nipping and pestering/searchin you for food everytime you or anybody else goes near her in the field you can post on here again with a new problem!
My horses WILL choose me over any horse out in their field anytime of day and everytime I go down there. Or maybe if just had the 0.01% of horses with the 12horses I've owned. 4 of which were very difficult almost immpossible to catch when I first took them on.
If she is worked then feed her as this is possitive thing for her to associate work with, as to is being scratched and groomed and " messed" with.
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The only bad thing about bribary in my opinion is that when I give treats every horse will begin to nip me when I catch them because they want the food. Otherwise its great, if you don't mind the biting!

Go sunbathe in the pasture. Tie halters to your chair and in trees, along with yourself. Show her that everytime you go in there you aren't going to catch her. Besides, the weather is getting nicer. Surely you could use a tan? I know I'm pale as milk since winter, which means the time has come to give my horses a valuable lesson

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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