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post #1 of 16 Old 02-03-2016, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Runs Away when trying to catch

My horse runs away when I try to catch him in a pasture . I tried ignoring him. waiting for him to come to me ( let him catch me rather that I catching him) , approaching slowly from side-- walk a little --stop--- walk little again toward him. But he is too smart. All other horses with him just stay there and let me approach them. But my own horse runs even when I get closer to him witching 10 feet/
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I would suggest taking a rope behind your back and a bucket of grain. Shake the bucket and don't show the rope/halter until you get right up next to the horse. While it's eating slip the rope over its neck. Good luck.
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there are jillions of threads on here of people experiencoing the same thing you are. do a bit of research on them because they will detail how to train your hrose to come to YOU! using the techniques that are basically "walking down a horse".
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Grain in a bucket works well when you are in a hurry but my suggestion is to keep him moving. I don't mean chase him down but when he runs from you, keep walking in his direction, pick up speed if he gets too far away because you don't want to give him a release (as in time to graze). When he stops then you keep walking towards you, he'll walk away or run but you keep calmly walking towards him, act like you have all the time in the world. When he stops to graze, keep walking. Eventually he is going to stop and turn towards you, he'll let you catch him then. It may take an hour or two the first time and I would plan on thirty minutes for the first few times. I've done this with a few of mine. It's not a quick fix but it's a permanent fix if you do it right.
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It doesn't take a horse long to figure out how to avoid being caught, when all the "catcher" is going to do is work it, and work it some more.

Being in a herd makes the avoidance a lot easier.

As tiny mentioned, do a search on this forum for catching horses.

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As above, but please do not bring a bucket of feed into a field with other horses especially if you are inexperienced, it's an accident waiting to happen if he isn't the herd leader, especially if you are not entirely familiar with reading the horses body language.

Our pony is a tart to catch, remove her friends from the equation and she's not so bad... at 26 years young she got the routine figured out - the real PITA is that she is basically retired and is literally coming in for a brush and some treats from the kids.
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Loads of threads here, research a few of them. If you will regularly go into the pasture, patiently get to your horse and do something besides work. Brush or just spend time with them.. takes time but they will eventually change this habit of running. I mean, who wants to work? Work on that bond and when you are in a hurry, rub an apple on the bit for an attractive smell and reward with rubs and attention when they are easy to catch and bridle, etc. I don't like giving snacks for obvious reasons but I do give extra brushing or scratching where they love it. (or even a particular favorite grazing spot outside of pasture)
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I would suggest taking a rope behind your back and a bucket of grain. Shake the bucket and don't show the rope/halter until you get right up next to the horse. While it's eating slip the rope over its neck. Good luck.
This is exactly what I would never do. I want my horses to accept being caught, and not depend on sneaking up with that halter, nor trying to bribe them with food. Some horses can get very good at eating most of that bucket of feed and still avoid being caught, plus it can be dangerous, in a field with other horses, all trying for that grain
Reward, after he is haltered, and brought to barn
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My horse runs away when I try to catch him in a pasture . I tried ignoring him. waiting for him to come to me ( let him catch me rather that I catching him) , approaching slowly from side-- walk a little --stop--- walk little again toward him. But he is too smart. All other horses with him just stay there and let me approach them. But my own horse runs even when I get closer to him witching 10 feet/

Suggestion to get horse into arena or even out in the pasture. Take your buggy linging whip, point and flick. keep your posture on him and Big. keep him moving even at a gallop . the second he stops and turns into you is your moment to squat, hunch or turn sideways dont look but sideways is ok. as you srrand up, sidle mosey over ambling everywhich way slooooow.
If he runs away start all over. it works every time and makes your horse that much nicer.
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