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post #1 of 4 Old 04-08-2015, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Old dog needs to learn new tricks

I recently retired and bought a team a mid size ponies. Both are well broken except for catching them and putting a halter or bridle on them One has to wear a halter with muzzle to keep her from foundering and we play cutting horse every morning with me doing the walking and talking. I keep her and her mate along with two mini mules in the barn and they have room to move around. Even when she goes into a stall it's the same story. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, is it best to turn horses out during a storm or leave them in the barn.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-08-2015, 09:57 PM
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When faced with a hard to catch horse I try to isolate it, usually in a roundyard or somewhere else safe. I then go catch it every hour or so, haltering it, giving it a piece of carrot and then letting it go. The aim is for the horse to associate the owner with pleasant things, rather than just work, or being taken from the paddock.

After a day or three the horse should come up to you when you approach the yard. At that point I turn them out somewhere arena sized and go through the same process, then I turned them out on 5 acres or so - alone, repeated process. Then turned out with other horses.

Especially in the beginning it's important to maintain that catching does not equal work. So just go into the paddock catch the horse, give them a carrot, then let them go every now and then.

I keep my horse turned out 24/7, and that is what I believe is best, however in many circumstances stalls are useful - you just have to find out what works for you.
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-09-2015, 08:09 AM
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Welcome! Just saw another thread in the new to horses forum with good advice on catching. Horses are generally fine in storms - they're evolved for outdoor living & most live outside 24/7/365. Having them in barns/stables is generally about us, not them.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-09-2015, 08:36 AM
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Time spent to teach the catch ... I turn mine out .. I'd rather they fend for themselves rather then the barn falling in on them!!
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