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post #1 of 12 Old 08-08-2013, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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New Horse, Please help?

Hi there!
I just recently got a TWH and she is a lovely horse.
Only thing is, I have a hard time getting her to come to me when I am trying to get her from the pasture. Any suggestions?
She is very picky about treats, what are some good ones to try?
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-08-2013, 09:59 PM
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With my mare if she walks away from me I'll chase her for a second or two, then let her stop and stand. If she walks away when I approach then I'll chase her again. Eventually she gives up because its easier to stand for me than run around her pasture. Horses are lazy animals, they don't want to do more work than necessary. The concept here is make the wrong thing hard and the right thing easy.

Also another tip: do you just get her out to ride? Try mixing things up. Bring her out to groom or hand graze. Go for hand walks, etc. She could be associating being caught with work. Again horses are lazy. She doesn't want to work so make it enticing. Mix it up and she won't always dread being caught. Also occasionally halter her them immediately take it off and walk away. She'll be confused at first but soon she'll figure out the halter doesn't always mean work.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-08-2013, 10:06 PM
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Not all horses will come to you in the pasture. just so long as they don't try to avoid being caught.

There are lots of threads here about "hard to catch" horses, and one method is "walking down a horse", which I think is described in detail in some of those threads.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-08-2013, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by TDanie View Post
She is very picky about treats, what are some good ones to try?
Apples and carrots are always something good to try.

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post #5 of 12 Old 08-08-2013, 10:12 PM
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Tiny is right. If she stands still and lets you walk up to her then there isn't a problem. My post refers to a horse who walks or runs away from you when you're walking up to it in the pasture.
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-08-2013, 10:13 PM
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Mine was running from me so made him run in field and opened the gate into the riding arena and he ran in. I made him run and run, and when I allowed him to stop and walked towards him to halter the second he walked away from me he ran 2x as long as before. When he stopped this time, he let me halter him. I walked him around a bit, unhaltered him walked away did a few things and then approached to halter again. He had learned his lesson and stood quietly. I will take a small bit of grain, carrot, etc., in my pocket sometimes, not all the time and right after I halter I will give it to him. Not always though, he won't know if I have it or not unless he halters.
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-08-2013, 11:49 PM
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Not all horses come. If she doesn't run away there is no problem.

What I used to do is always feed my horse a treat when we got to the gate. The horse learned there would be a treat at the gate, and would often meet me there.

As others have said, if you only bring them out to work and ride, then chances are they're not going to be keen to come.
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-09-2013, 12:04 AM
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grain works. remember what treats she likes. catch her just to brush her or feed her. dont catch her and make her work everytime. do something fun with her, which to her would be to do nothing. soon she will that when she is being caught it may not be to work
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-09-2013, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys! I will definitally try that!
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-09-2013, 11:07 AM
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Like others have said, not every horse will come to you. The horse I lease used to walk/run away from me in the paddock so I would just keep following him until he gave in and let me halter him. The trick is to just not give up so that they see that one way or another they're getting haltered. After two or three weeks of going 2-3x per week he just stands quietly for me to get him.

I've been training him to come to my voice, and it's been going well. After I'm done riding him, I'll untack him and put a halter on and get some carrots from the car. Starting from very close to him, I'll say his name. If he looks up or takes a step towards me I give him a piece of carrot. When he started getting that, I'd gradually move farther away. We've only been at it for a couple days but he does look up at me when he hears me in the paddock, and the other day he did walk up to me!

Once they get the basics and start coming to you reliably, the important thing is intermittent rewards. That means that you don't have to give him a carrot every time he comes to you, but every now and then you should so that he never knows if he's going to get one or not.
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