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        09-01-2013, 11:54 PM
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    Foal
    strange thing about catching mare

    For some reason when my mare is out in pasture with other mares she will not let me catch her, but in a smaller pasture with maybe one other horse and she's all over me following me everywhere.. I hate to isolate her from the other heard by keeping her away from them.Has anyone else had this issue? If so what is best thing to do. Any tips on what I can do?
         
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        09-02-2013, 08:31 AM
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    Green Broke
    It's understandable that she's easier to catch with less horses in a small space. She's maybe bored, and doesn't feel that she is part of a "herd" so much. However being tricky to catch is not a good reason to keep her apart from others. Many horses are hard to catch and there are heaps of things you can try.

    I'd start by going out to see her without catching her, even in the small paddock, just walk up, feed a carrot or something and then leave. Don't just catch her when she is going to be stabled, or worked, take her out and feed then put her back, or just take her out to graze.

    A technique I have used is that when the horse walks away I walk after them, when they stop I stop and even take a step back, releasing the all the pressure. Then I walk calmly towards them on an indirect angle. When the horse moves I walk towards them until they stop, then I stop. I keep going until I get closer and closer.
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        09-02-2013, 10:28 AM
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    Weanling
    The gelding I lease was the same way when I first started riding him, and I've found that persistence is key. If he walks away, I just kept at him until he finally gave in and let me catch him. He started to realize that resistance was futile and now I can just walk up to him and grab him no problems for the most part.

    I agree with above, keep her guessing! There's no way in hell I could go in my paddock with carrots on me without getting mugged lol, but try just putting her halter on and immediately taking it off and leaving her alone. Or like I do, just take her out and let her graze, give her a few treats, and just walk around a bit. That way she'll also have something positive to associate with being caught, not just work.
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        09-03-2013, 10:49 PM
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    Foal
    I had the same problem with my gelding. I find it easier to catch the horse if they know they'll get a reward after. What I would start by doing, is to catch your mare, halter her, give her a treat, then let her go. If you continue to do this, she won't dread your visits with the halter and may learn to enjoy them.

    I would say that having your mare in a more secluded area would be best until she grows a connection with you. The other horses are probably distracting her, and I would think she would listen and pay more attention to you if you were the only one there.

    Hope this helps and good luck :)
         
        09-04-2013, 04:33 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    I just follow them till they stop. Every time. Eventually they don't even bother running off.

    No need for treats just to be caught. I feed them they can atleast stand to be caught.
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        09-04-2013, 11:27 PM
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    Weanling
    I do a bit of everything. Once I set out to catch my more difficult to catch mare I will walk her down no matter how long it takes. Once she is caught I might take her out of the pasture and feed her, I might work her and then feed her, I might groom her, or I might work her without feeding her (she is obese and just gets a little handful as incentive). She's getting easier to catch, not perfect but we're making progress.
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        09-11-2013, 06:08 PM
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    Weanling
    Make the bad things hard and the good things easy. If she runs away from you as soon as you get up close to her, put your arms up and shoo her off. Make it so that as soon as she turns away to run off, you make her run. As soon as she stops running, walk up to her again. If she stands still, keep walking up to her and pet her and slowly put the halter on. If she goes to flee, shoo her away again. Pretty soon, she will get tired of running, and realize its a lot easier to just stand there and be caught. Although sometimes it takes a little longer with some horses to "get it," this works every time for me.
         
        09-12-2013, 08:09 AM
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    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Alexandra V    
    ...There's no way in hell I could go in my paddock with carrots on me without getting mugged lol,
    Agree with this post, except this bit. There is no way a horse that is 'mugging' me or otherwise showing 'bad manners' would ever be rewarded with a carrot for it! When the behaviour doesn't work, it fades away, particularly when you also teach conflicting behaviours that do work. Teach the horse that 'good manners' for eg, such as taking a step back, tucking their nose away from you are the sorts of behaviours that do work.
         
        09-12-2013, 08:59 AM
      #9
    Trained
    Horses are extremely curious animals. If I have a difficult horse to catch, doesn't matter what size pasture, I'll look like I'm busy doing something, or crouch down, or sit down. TThere's no way horses won come to you. Eventually you'll get her. Be patient.
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        09-12-2013, 03:57 PM
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    Weanling
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    Agree with this post, except this bit. There is no way a horse that is 'mugging' me or otherwise showing 'bad manners' would ever be rewarded with a carrot for it! When the behaviour doesn't work, it fades away, particularly when you also teach conflicting behaviours that do work. Teach the horse that 'good manners' for eg, such as taking a step back, tucking their nose away from you are the sorts of behaviours that do work.
    Oh I definitely don't let my lease horse get away with mugging! I meant more I would be consumed in a swarm of horses, which makes it really hard to catch the one I want. Agreed though, not a good plan to let them take!
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