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post #11 of 19 Old 06-03-2010, 12:00 PM
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I had a mare when I was alot younger, I loaned her off someone, How old is your horse that your struggling to catch. Two months, so you haven't had her long then! when she may be just trying to test you out see what she can get away with. Dont let her get you down! Just be brave maybe encourage her with her favouite treats! and make sure you make her work fun! and very enjoyable. It's easy to say if your schooling her for hours on end every day she might be bored! or if you hacking in the same place. So try and vary your work. Dont just jump dont just school, go for new hacks, go to competitions, give her a break from jumping if you do! xGOODLUCK!x
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post #12 of 19 Old 06-03-2010, 12:14 PM
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Totally agree!! Just make urself the best thing to be around! My lot all think that I'm THE person to be with so sod the field and other horses n they each come running! Lol
she's still new to u too so give her time to adjust! If ur going to use food then take it in a feed bucket and always use the same one, that way she will associate that bucket rather than u for food n hopefully won't start nipping.
My horses get a polo after a competition and that's it, they never search or nip me for food. But have had a friend beside herself with a horse that starting nipping n then biting because she treated him regularly! He also started to kick the stable door which drove us all wild! Lol
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post #13 of 19 Old 06-03-2010, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by hsharp123 View Post
Yes and when she starts nipping and pestering/searchin you for food everytime u or anybody else goes near her in the field u 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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If you don't feed them by hand they will not bother you with nipping and pestering. If you want the fastest results then just bring the horse out and feed it and leave it alone. I have trained 20 horses so far this year and about half of them have been hard to catch at some point while I had them. Catching them an extra time every day is sometimes a PITA but it only takes a few days to get the horse used to being caught.

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post #14 of 19 Old 06-03-2010, 12:26 PM
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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?
I dont think it is that she doesnt want to work. It is just that if a horse has a choice to work or not they would chose not to, not that they dont like it , its just an easier concept to them to graze all day but they always enjoy it once they get going. My horse is the same. If you are struggling catching her then get a field-safe head collar, this will not only make it easier to catch, but also your mare will have the sence that she is under your control when she is wearing it.

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post #15 of 19 Old 06-03-2010, 12:49 PM
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Totally agree!
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post #16 of 19 Old 06-03-2010, 01:02 PM
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If every time you saw a certain person they made you work, would you want to be around them?

You need to mix things up. Sometimes do nothing but groom her after she's been caught. Other times, hand graze her. Then release her back into the pasture.

If you do this, she'll start to associate you with nice things too, instead of just work.

Horses, like humans, don't want to work all the time, and it seems to me you're doing nothing but working her when you show up.
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I think that's a good question. Every young horse I've had has gone through a spell of walking away. But when I stop, they'll usually stop too. Are they trying to move my feet? After a few months they tire of the game, if that's what it is.

I was taught to leave a horse feeling better than when I brought them in. Exercise, or work, makes me feel good afterwards. When I've sprayed off a sweaty horse, I know he feels pretty good too. If he doesn't, I've worked him too hard. My horses like coming in.

Another thing to consider is how much pasture he's got. My horses only have an acre or so, so they get bored. Another reason they like to come in, I guess.
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post #18 of 19 Old 06-03-2010, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by 5cuetrain View Post

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.
Right on the money. Did that with my mare initially and now she trots to greet me.

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post #19 of 19 Old 06-03-2010, 02:46 PM
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Im not for the "luring" a horse with feed or treats. To me its like teaching a dog to do a trick with treats.... 9 times out of 10... if you dont have a treat... the dog wont do it. So if you get the horse to come to you with feed... what are you gonna do if you are ever in the situation that you dont have feed or treats? Thats just my Opinion.
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