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post #11 of 15 Old 06-14-2011, 03:46 PM
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In case you are skeptical here's a photo of my mare loose in the ring while we are playing at liberty coming to me when I signaled for her to and there is grass and yummy plants along the edges of the ring. Look at where she is willingly choosing to go and look at her expression. This is what you get if you take the time to figure them out :)
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-14-2011, 03:58 PM
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With my semi wild mare I had to walk her down before I could reliably catch her, and is as simple as it sounds, go out, start to walk up to him, if he walks away just quietly follow him, if he runs, just keep walking after him, try not to let him stop or eat, just keep gentle pressure on him and keep him moving.

Eventually, and it can take HOURS, he will get so fed up he will stand still, then you just walk up pet him and walk away.

Next day, or later on the same day, do it again, the number of repeats depends on him Horses always get bored with this game and figure if they are going to get caught anyway, then it may as well be sooner than later. Obviously a smaller area would work a lot better, it saves you a lot of walking, but it can be done in a larger area.

Took quite a while with Bert, she was aggressive as well so when she got bored with walking away, she would revert to trying to chase me off instead, now that is very frustrating, having to chase away a horse that you are trying to catch LOL
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-17-2011, 12:24 PM
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Google Erins Carolyn Resnick's Notes and read just the first 3 riturals on the left hand side. It works, beautifully. You need to clear your mind of negative thought and just "go with the flow". Mine would hightail it to a far corner and now is the first to greet me and comes on the run.
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-05-2011, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone for all ur help. spirit has come on loads and is now letting me catch him, we have a few off days but there now once in a blue moon. which is a lot better than when it use to be every day, thank you all very much spirit is now also fully backed as well and is albousltely brilliant xxx
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-06-2011, 06:53 PM
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Dixie was a pain to catch this evening! Usually I can go out to the pasture with a curry comb and catch her no problem. She loves to be curried! Well this evening, she was having none of it. I had to get her to run into the corral and then curry her off, then put the halter on her. I think my sted dad mowing had her nervous! What ya'll think?
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