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post #21 of 37 Old 07-23-2013, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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We were considering that, but we ran across a barn that breeds high-end paints who may be willing to take her as-is, and do a trade for one of their horses, with us giving them some money as well. Two years ago, when we bought her, at least two other people were interested in using her for breeding.

Kind of stupid question, but I'm a dressage girl, haven't done western in over 10 years... lariats are made out of leather, right? Thinner than a lead line?
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post #22 of 37 Old 07-23-2013, 01:59 PM
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We were considering that, but we ran across a barn that breeds high-end paints who may be willing to take her as-is, and do a trade for one of their horses, with us giving them some money as well. Two years ago, when we bought her, at least two other people were interested in using her for breeding.

Kind of stupid question, but I'm a dressage girl, haven't done western in over 10 years... lariats are made out of leather, right? Thinner than a lead line?
Generally they are made out of rope.

Tough-1 Braided Rope Lariat - Statelinetack.com

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post #23 of 37 Old 07-23-2013, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Update!

Well, we got her halter on! No broken bones, blood, not even bruises. The guy that came out is literally a miracle worker- he had her halter on and was playing with her ears in under fifteen minutes. No running or lariats, she just ran around a bit, then went into the shelter, he followed her, and got it on.

Thank you for your help!
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post #24 of 37 Old 07-24-2013, 11:57 AM
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Smile Haltering head shy/hard to catch

I've only had horses 10 years and I didn't start until I was 50. I didn't know any horse people so I bought and used train your horse type materials. If I was presented with such a problem in my horse, and hard to catch was a little bit of a problem on a couple, I would have systematically fixed the horse and myself to make these doings uneventful. Especially since they could be at least a daily doing! Now I'm not able to explain as well as the professionals how to fix these things but I do know they take time, love and patience to do the right thing the right way until the horse gives just a tiny bit of positive response and then reward in a way the horse relates to, which is....pressure off or retreat so the horse is back in its own comfort zone. This kind of natural approach teaches both the horse and the person to communicate with each other better but it takes TIME. Also, with a horse like yours, which I call low on the willingness scale ha ha, you should keep sessions as short as possible. Maybe three times a day but short and reward with carrots. Look up natural horsemanship techniques. Read them all and will see a common thread which you might be willing to incorporate into your horse program
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Well, we got her halter on! No broken bones, blood, not even bruises. The guy that came out is literally a miracle worker- he had her halter on and was playing with her ears in under fifteen minutes. No running or lariats, she just ran around a bit, then went into the shelter, he followed her, and got it on.

Thank you for your help!
She sounds like a broke horse that just doesn't want to be caught. I have had several like that. I find that if I catch them every day, it gets to be easy.

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post #26 of 37 Old 07-24-2013, 01:10 PM
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If it were me I'd be having someone ripe her and snubbing her down to get the halter back on (be careful of front feet). Then I'd start working with her. I think the OP knows the horse needs work but there isn't much she can do until the horse is caught.

You mentioned your trainer running her ragged in the field... I wonder if this isn't part of the problem - maybe she has been taught that she is SUPPOSED to run away (inadvertently taught I mean, by someone running her round and round)

OP - I've had a few REALLY hard to catch horses and the short term plans for faltering were either roping or running into a chute.
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post #27 of 37 Old 07-24-2013, 01:10 PM
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Just read your update glad you got her caught!
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If it were me I'd be having someone ripe her and snubbing her down to get the halter back on (be careful of front feet).
I'd think this would be a pretty good way of teaching the horse that getting haltered is an unpleasant experience, so she would try even harder to avoid it next time.
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post #29 of 37 Old 07-27-2013, 06:22 PM
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I recently went to Carlos Tabernaberri's clinic. I learnt heaps and one thing I learn't and can apply to this it that you have no bond with your horse, sad to say, harsh to hear but its the truth. Your horse is scared of you and the halter. Maybe you or his past owners did something to scare him and no one has bothered to help him overcome his phobia of the halter. If I were in your position I would get my horse into a smaller area but where he/she still feels safe and I would show him the the halter isn't going to hurt him. Also just because a horse is hard to catch doesn't mean you can burden him with constantly having to wear the atrocious thing. A horse is never in the wrong, this behaviour is him telling you he is petrified of the thing and needs you to help him not punish him with sedatives, tie downs, hits, yelling or anything. Just be calm, take your time, if you need stand there for a hour letting him smell it or whatever and do it slowly. Don't just rush forward and put it on him all in one day.
Hope this helps your horse and you.
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post #30 of 37 Old 07-27-2013, 06:24 PM
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I have a horse that can be a pain to get a halter on. She is not afraid of the halter. She just doesn't want to bother with having to work. The lazy thing........

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