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post #21 of 28 Old 12-13-2013, 09:25 AM
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The other day my mare decided she'd rather eat hay than be caught so I pushed her away from the hay and she decided to just walk away from me so I followed her until she realized I wasn't leaving her alone until I got the halter on her. Did the same thing with my 6 month old filly who didn't want to be caught. Maybe try doing that?
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post #22 of 28 Old 12-13-2013, 10:28 AM
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The technique I described works well because it is taken from herd dynamics. The superior horse drives the inferior one off it's spot, because it can and horses recognize this. The horse isn't driven far, just moved away. It often entails the element of surprise. The inferior knows if it doesn't move it will feel teeth or hooves so it moves unquestioningly. This is what the horse comprehends and what I mimic.
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post #23 of 28 Old 12-21-2013, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my goodness!!!! So many replies! I am new to this forum business, and I can see that this is extremely valuable.

Thank all of you so much for your help in this matter. The "treat" approach is helping so far. Thanks very much.
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post #24 of 28 Old 12-22-2013, 06:25 PM
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Look up join up by Monty Roberts. It takes a bit to figure it out but it's worked on every hard to catch horse I've had so far.
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post #25 of 28 Old 12-22-2013, 07:08 PM
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I rarely have trouble with catching a horse. If I do get one with I don't want to be caught today attitude I just start walking them down,they know...oh she's not going away & give up pretty quick. In a herd situation I also find it works to chase them away from herd,they will keep circling trying to come back to the security of herd,so you push them away a few times they become submissive pretty quick to be welcomed back
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post #26 of 28 Old 12-22-2013, 08:05 PM
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Horses, being horses, love to test us periodically. My one boy will decide he's leaving, not in a hurry, just Na na, I'm not letting you halter me today. All I have to do is begin to circle around and he'll immediately turn and give me his full attention. If I back up a step or two he'll approach and stand as I approach from the side. I will rub my hands on his shoulders and back, like a mare licking her foal, then his neck and slip the rope over his neck. I don't catch the end as there's no need, and then I slip the halter on. I have found that the more I drive him away, it's now like shooing chickens, the more he wants to be with me.
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The psychology of walking a horse down. When a predator approaches the herd it will chose one that is grazing and facing away. Predators like to hamstring the horse to cripple it. A predator will make a wide circle until it is in the horse's blind spot. If the horse catches it's scent it will turn to face it to see how far away it is. This deters the predator from pursuing the horse just yet. The horse will then begin to graze again. The predator may decide to circle the herd again and look for another horse that is looking away and grazing. When it thinks it's time it rushes in for the kill. This is why circling the horse and coming in from behind makes them move. We are now the predator that needs watching. This is why we stop when it's run off, we don't remain in pursuit. The horse will begin to graze again if we stand still and after a brief wait, we circle around again. This method is working in conjunction with the horse's survival instincts.
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I rarely have trouble with catching a horse. If I do get one with I don't want to be caught today attitude I just start walking them down,they know...oh she's not going away & give up pretty quick. In a herd situation I also find it works to chase them away from herd,they will keep circling trying to come back to the security of herd,so you push them away a few times they become submissive pretty quick to be welcomed back

This works especially well if you throw down a bit of hay, just a few handfuls, and allow the herd to come nibble, but work on keeping your hard to catch horse away from the hay. He will try to get in and join the herd, but you keep him away, while giving handfuls of hay to the other horses. Eventually, he'll signal "ok, catch me". Then you go catch him and you can give him a handful of the hay (put it on the ground for him), if you like. I have used this a few times if the horse I want is willing to play "catch me if you can" and it would mean walking him down on 30 acres.
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