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post #11 of 16 Old 02-16-2016, 12:30 AM
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I walked down my horse in the pasture today. She was sweating pretty hard before she gave up the game of coming up for a pat and then moving off before I could get the halter on. She tries it on every few weeks, it seems -- she's a young thing. I just keep her feet going until she finds it no fun at all anymore and then a little longer. She's happy to be caught if the alternative is endless trotting and cantering. Then I make sure the first thing we do is graze a bit or just get a treat at the hitching post.

It isn't a big deal if you just treat it as a lesson. Just something he needs to learn about you -- that you control his feet, not him, even when you don't have a rope on him. Don't get mad or frustrated, just keep him moving until he gives up. He'll give up.
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I walked down my horse in the pasture today. She was sweating pretty hard before she gave up the game of coming up for a pat and then moving off before I could get the halter on. She tries it on every few weeks, it seems -- she's a young thing. I just keep her feet going until she finds it no fun at all anymore and then a little longer. She's happy to be caught if the alternative is endless trotting and cantering. Then I make sure the first thing we do is graze a bit or just get a treat at the hitching post.

It isn't a big deal if you just treat it as a lesson. Just something he needs to learn about you -- that you control his feet, not him, even when you don't have a rope on him. Don't get mad or frustrated, just keep him moving until he gives up. He'll give up.

lol Feets make tracks!!! and yes, they always come around
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post #13 of 16 Old 02-16-2016, 03:19 AM
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Walking down does work but what i did with my horse as I didn't have the time or inclination to walk after him on 20 acres was to seperate him into a yard. I'd then engage with him a couple times a day, feeding, grooming, riding etc. he was then reliant on me for stimulation and if he didn't want to be caught I could easily make him work. After, I moved him to a large yard, about half an acre and worked wiht him in there. When he would happily approach me, easily be caught etc I turned him out in a larger paddock alone and when he was good there I put him back with the herd. He has been fine since.
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post #14 of 16 Old 02-17-2016, 05:06 AM
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If a horse constantly runs away, it's not only the behavior that has to be corrected, it's also getting down to the reason WHY the horse is avoiding his handler. Yes, it might be purely a habit. But it might as well be pain, ill fitting tack, the training methods, objectively too much work, unresolved fear issues, etc., etc. A horse has to have a motivation to be caught and, if there is none or if there are only unpleasant experiences after being caught, is he really to be blamed?

For example, I used to know somebody whose horse constantly would run away from her in the pastures and be very hard to catch. When she finally would catch him, she'd bring him over to the barn, lunge him HARD for about an hour in mostly fast trot and canter, whip for disobedience, then ride him with his head constantly cranked in and then lock him up in the barn without hay for several hours "as a punishment for running away". No wonder the horse was soon completely impossible to catch... Of course, this is an extremely negative example, but it shows how the horse is trying to tell what's wrong with this kind of behavior.

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post #15 of 16 Old 02-18-2016, 09:22 AM
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^^^^thats pretty much what I said in post #5.

What horse wants to be caught if all that happens is unpleasant work



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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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People are inclined to look at and walk directly toward the horse. The horse sees your intent and the fact that we are predator (both eyes facing forward) he decides to high-tail it. Next time you enter, don't look at the horse but rather make a large circle and approach from behind. This will make him uncomfortable and he'll either start walking away or turn to face you. If he faces you stop and turn your back for a few moments then start circling again and coming in from behind. He'll soon make it difficult as he'll keep moving his hiney. Good. Now that you have his attention change your focus to his knees and smile. Don't talk to him just yet. Approach with you arm extended, fingers downward to greet him. When an inch away wait and see if he'll touch your hand. He must close the gap, not you. It's his way of accepting you. Rub his forehead, then start walking away. He may or may not follow. If he doesn't, remind him by starting the big circle again. It may take you an hour now but it's an investment in how you get along.



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