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Holli101

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Holli101 says:

Re: HELP! My horse NEVER comes to me

my pony does this some times but if i have a treat with me he comes fine.

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lilylululoveshorses

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RE: HELP! My horse NEVER comes to me

just because your horse doesnt come to you doesnt mean letting him go.

have you tried parelli ?? it seems that after i did this with my horse he follows me everywhere.

give it a go, good luck. 

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LeanneD

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LeanneD says:

RE: HELP! My horse NEVER comes to me

 hav you tried using a bucket ? approch him calmly and dont let him see the head collar or led rope 

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HevenzAngel

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HevenzAngel says:

Re: HELP! My horse NEVER comes to me

 When i first got my horse willow she was kept in all the time so when we got her in the summer she lived out all summer like all of the horses at my yard we could never catch her, i mean for a whole month. We used to spend hours trying to catch her by using treats and she always got turned out with a headcollar on. I just had to keep trying and never gave up becuase ones you start you have to keep going. When i brought her in i played with he rin the school, did allot of work on getting her to follow me aorund the school and stuff so she would learn to trust me.

 

And now i can turn her out without her headcollar in the big feild and she comes as soon as she sees me becuas she has learned to trust me. Altought she wont come in for anyone else but me or my mum so when the yard needs to worm the horses they need to get me to come up to catch her while she gets her wormer, haha. Dont think that will ever change though but she come to me no problem and is always happy to see me :)

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linsalive

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linsalive says:

RE: HELP! My horse NEVER comes to me

This is going to sound mad but its worked for me in the past!!! Put a carrot in your pocket  When you go into the field with the headcollar . If your horse lets you get fairly close before he makes a run for it, stop & turn your back on him, give him a minute then when you can see him out of the corner of your eye , turn & walk parrallel to him but dont make eye contact stay quiet ,when you're close enough raise your arms & send him away!! You may need to do it a couple of times but eventually he will start coming back in to you ( he may stand a few paces off, but he will come back) judge the moment and walk calmly up to him after you have made initial eye contact keep the halter low, take the carrot out of your pocket & only offer it when you are standing by the side of his head, through the noseband of the halter ....slip the halter over his head...By sending him away you're doing the unexpected & taking over as head of the herd..by keeping him out his natural instinct is to want to come back in....it's security...horse psychology lol...try it, good luck

linsalive

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tatti

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tatti says:

RE: HELP! My horse NEVER comes to me

To say you would sell the horse becaue you cant catch it, seems madness. If it bucked you off everytime you rode or kicked you in the stable each night, then I would recommend you did. Yes, get everything checked out, i.e teeth, back and tack, just in case he sees being caught means being ridden and, that could incur pain. It sounds to me that he is just being a naughty twat. Some horses are buggers to catch. I woudnt mess around, I would use electric fencing, electrify it with a battery/energiser and have the horse in a small area. You can always move it when the grass gets eaten down. Then the horse doesnt have room to run off. Then you can practise catching him. Different things work for different horses, some with food. I was once told that if you have a horse thats difficult to catch, put them in a small area, then every day go in, catch them, take them out, release them, catch them, take them out, take them back in, just repeat it over and over again, even if you do it 100 times in one day.

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kbrickley

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kbrickley says:

RE: HELP! My horse NEVER comes to me

 When you put him out in field try levthing his head-coller on him. Then when you want to get him in, sit down in the field with leadrope and small bucket of food.

THEN WEIGHT TILL HE COME TO YOU. HE WILL COME IT JUST TIME. IF DO NOT COME IN THAT NIGHT. THEN LEAVE THEM WITH NO FOOD FOR NIGHT. AS HE NOT BEEN GOOD.

FOOD MEEN GOOD. If  in big field cut it in half. 

Then try next day same thing but inporten thing not give in.

Over year I have bocken ,school, home. A cob I bort and fort handly but end up being wild 3 year old horse. He more scard of me. 

Work on it, thing time. him will to you just my cob.

kerri brickley

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DanielleScott10

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RE: HELP! My horse NEVER comes to me

nothing is acheived through giving up apart from regret...time is all you need. perhaps hes had a bad experience with catching in the past or a stable/gate problem making him to scared incase it happens again...instead of getting angry and anoyed why not try to use the situation to your benefit...a friend of mine had a similar problem with her new pony due to a previous bad experience. all she had to do was spend an hour or two each day just sitting out in the field with the horse so that it got used to her being there, each day she got a little closer (treats or a bucket can help) but no headcollar...only a rope. soon enough the horse seen her as his field companion and began to take interest.

patience is a virtue ;)

Danielle Scott

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IloveDitty

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IloveDitty says:

RE: HELP! My horse NEVER comes to me

When you feed him, feed him with a bucket. That way he has to come to the bucket. Stay with the bucket until he has come to get it. Then when he comes, stroke him gently and let him eat his tea. Stroke him more and more while he is eating until he gets used to you being there. Once his trust has been built up, just go in the field, catch him, and give him a carrot or a fuss - something he likes. Then let him go. Dont just always catch him to ride him.

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elziexxx

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elziexxx says:

RE: HELP! My horse NEVER comes to me

This pony at my riding school used to kick and run round for hours and never let you get close, now I turn him out without a headcollar and he canters over:) I just never gave up, outdid him with stubborness;) I used to get a massive bucket with some mix in and crouch down with my back to him playing with the food, feeding the other horses in the field, until he eventually wanted to know what all the fuss was about and as he came near I continued to ignore him and he got jealous of the other horses and annoyed I turned my back on him and then finally I sorta hopped forwards and let him put his head into the bucket and although he was wary and took a few goes he eventually with only dragging me round in a few circles accepted that I wasn't letting go and that he got food so we were even;) Just never give up, be as stubborn as your horse:)xxx

If you act like you have forever it'll take no time at all, if you act like you have no time at all, it'll take forever.

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