Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Hard to catch horse
First off, I want to apologize if this isn't where it should go. I spent about 10 minutes trying to figure out where to put in and then I decided on here. I was asked my a lady at my barn to post this question and I gave her an answer and then went out and caught the horse, but I still want to post the question for her.
First off, this lady is about 50-60 years old, so she's not very nimble anymore. She has a blue roan Tennesse Walker that is very hard to catch. The mare likes to play the game of "let's see how long it takes you to get me". For a while, the lady would pretend to walk out to the field, walk past the horse, and then turn back around and the horse would just stand there. But after awhile, the horse learned the trick and wouldn't allow this to happen. She's tried to bring the horse in and grain her, thinking that it would teach the horse that coming inside is a good thing. Well that didn't work.
When I went out to catch the horse, I approached the horse with my eyes down and walking with my shoulder to her. She stayed pretty much in the same spot until I got 10-15 yards away. Then she just turned away from me and took a few steps, so I turned my back to her. We did this for a while and then I just pursued her. She would turn one way, I would block her movement, she would turn the other way, I would do the same. We did that for about 10 minutes until she turned to face me and let me approach her. I stroked her and praised her then turned to go.
She followed me back up the pasture until we got half way up, then she took off at a canter and barreled to the front of the pasture. I didn't really mind. Then when I got close to her again, I went to pet her again and we did the "block her movement" thing for about maybe 3 minutes until she turned to face me and stuck her nose towards me, then I stroked her neck a little bit and then left the pasture. That's all I wanted to do, just pet her without catching her and then leave her be.
Now, I would like to know what this lady can do to catch her. I'm not going to be around all the time to catch her horse for her and I'm not sure if she's able to walk around in 2 feet deep snow all the way down the pasture and blocking her movements like I did. Any suggestions, tips, ideas?
Kudos to you if you read the whole thing, sorry its so long.
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