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I've also only ponied him once so far so I really don't know his reactions if spooked while ponied. Last thong.
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Krisly7 wrote:What kind of riding lawn mower do you use DDR? A 50 inch or do you feel its easier to get in the corners with a 48 inch?
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Spooksandbolts wrote:blah, blah, blah, blah and the dog ate your homework and I can smell bovine excrement
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skint wrote:Keep up mtrose that was last week! 😊
Spooksandbolts wrote:How terribly sad for you that the extensive advice you've been given wasn't what you wanted and wasn't sufficient for you to figure what to do.
Sometimes I wonder if there is an asshat of the year award you may be competing for that we don't know about.
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Selah Cowgirl wrote:Siggi is the cutest pony on the forum.
Oral Fixation wrote:i added an egg and i think it messed up my siggi.
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DressageASB wrote:All these big plans for regular riding and I go out last night and Ian is off on the right fore. Some heat and squishyness around the ankle and up the back of the leg and he was kind of wanting to land toe first. It wasn't extreme though, at first I thought he had just stumbled coming out of his stall, but as we continued to walk down the aisle I could hear he wasn't hitting right. It was a little bit harder for me to visually see the offness though (granted, I don't have the best eye for these things). Cold hosed and gave him bute. Text with the vet. Said it could be an abscess in the heel, but since it wasn't acute to see how it does with the hosing and bute as he could also have just banged it. Left a note for the barn staff to leave him in today; going out at lunch to check on him.
The best laid plans...
Jun 5 14 7:00 AM
GoTheDistance wrote:AFP, I did that on monday with no luck. Yesterday I also tried walking the boys past and when she started screaming I'd circle back but she'd just take off when close.
Hopefully she's over this phase now.
Jun 5 14 7:28 AM
Trap pissed me right off tonight. Once again in one of those stupid heats, she's actually pissing off both geldings with harassing them. So she got solo turnout with the geldings beside her. She spent the day pining over them but too bad - I'm not having anyone kicked. Upon bringing them in I got the boys first and went to grab Trap. She stood 3ft then bolted away kicking at me.
Tried catching her with both geldings in-hand with no luck. Brought them into the field to lure her over. No dice.
So tied their leads around their necks (they stay on, don't drop to get a leg stuck) and closed the gate. Spent 20 minutes trying to catch her with no luck. Being a total shit stain. I started getting worried because it was amping Bailey up (he's pretty hard to catch, but lately has been good). Bless him, he wouldn't take off and actually followed me, but a few times he flinched when I jumped for Trap (she's peak from the other side of the boys) and trotted off once. I was about to quit and leave the damn mare out (not allowed) when Bailey charged at her (from behind me) and pinned her in the corner of the field threatening to kick. She managed to bolt past him but at the perfect moment Symbah had strolled up, lowered his head and Trap clothes lined herself. Sym yanked his head up so she stumbled backwards (as I hurried over) and spun to run away except Bailey stood there with ass threatening. Trap froze and had an spoiled look as I caught her.
Seriously best teamwork ever. Bailey then trotted to the gate and waited. I know its anthromorphising but I swear both geldings were just fed up with Trap's BS.
Mare got a big ground manner lesson afterwards. I'll see how turn in is tomorrow. I was in her field earlier taking pics of her, giving scratches and just relaxing. What the hell. Bi-polar mares. Yeesh.
Spooksandbolts wrote:Difficult to CatchGood news for those with this problem is that its really easy
to get a horse that is difficult to catch so that its easy to catch. It
just takes time and patience and a little knowledge of some fairly
simple techniques and an understanding of some basic principles.
You need to take time to properly train, and personally I use the
"walk-down" method with "horror horses". However its best to start in a
small area first and then progress to larger fields. Its also pretty
difficult if you've other horses in the field if you have one that is
difficult because you end up just stirring the lot up and having to
concentrate on too much so to do this you need to remove other horses
from the field. I've absolutely no problem at all with food-treating a
horse initially and if its an urgent requirement, BUT so long as you
train the horse to come when there isn't treats and also trying to catch
a single horse that is in with others with treats can become dangerous.
I also think that its better if rather than catching it with a treat,
if you reward it when its caught and in with a treat, then that is
So how to start with what you've got....
Start by just visiting the field (lots of short visits are better
than one long visit) and do anything - clean troughs, check fences, pick
up poo. Anything other than try to encourage it to you and do not even
think about trying to catch your horse. If your horse approaches you
then fine - DO NOT try to catch it, DO NOT
even reach out to it. Let it come to you and let it sniff you even but
don't you do anything and don't give it chance to walk away from you and
then you walk away from the horse.
Its important that you are the decision maker.
When you approach your horse don't march straight at it, meander be
casual and don't make eye contact. Don't approach head or tail on,
rather approach to the neck or shoulder.
When you get to the situation where its coming up regularly, then do
something it likes (you should know what too), either a scratch on the
neck or a pat (or a treat if you absolutely must - but try not to avoid
that for now) but again don't try to catch it and once you've done that,
then you walk away. You need to end the relationship though, so walk
away before the horse becomes cautious.
Then the walk down method:
If your horse will absolutely not allow you to get near enough to do
anything, you need a lunge whip and plenty of time and have your horse
in a small paddock or yard. A round pen is too small and a large pasture
will work only if you don’t mind walking for miles and if you can
manage with more than just the "difficult to catch horse" because the
others will also get stirred up.
When you approach he'll run away, and you keep him moving. Use the
lunge whip as an extension of your arm to get him to move forward.
Preferably at trot. He may start by acting as though this is fun —and
gallop, buck and kick. Let him and he will settle - be prepared for it
to take ages - it may not - but don't be impatient. He may try to stop.
He may even try to approach you at some point. But don’t let the horse
make those decisions. If the horse tries to stop keep it moving with the
lunge whip and tell it clearly and firmly to TROT.
Ask your horse to whoa - or what you normally say once you see he's
steadier and paying attention to you. He may start looking towards you,
flicking his ears, or lowering his head. When he is working steadily
around you at the trot that is the time to ask for a Whoa. When he does
as you ask, praise him and send him on his way. Do this a few times so
you know you are getting a consistent reaction to your command.
When you see that the horse is halting obediently on command, drop
your whip and approach him. If the horse stands quietly praise, scratch
or pat and walk away. Send him out at a trot again. Repeat the process
until you know the horse will stand and wait for you.
Only after you know the horse will stand should you attempt to catch
him. If he ducks away from you send him on his way and repeat the
process. You need to convince him that standing to be caught is more
comfortable than running away. (You are not trying to run him to the
If he does stand for you make sure there is a reward at the end of
the lesson. Put a lead rope on him and lead him away to the fence side
(but not out of the field/area) and then maybe to a treat in a bucket
(rather than having the bucket with you). Do a little grooming or
massage fence side too. And then just turn him back loose in his
pasture. The next time you have a moment visit him in the pasture or
paddock just like at the start of this posting. Let him learn that your
appearance does not always mean he has to go to work or suffer
Also if you go in and the other horses that are with him are
friendly and come to you then pat them and make a big fuss of them. They
do often learn behaviour by watching from others and he'll come to
appreciate that they're being rewarded when he isn't. DO NOT shoo the
other horses away if he's in a herd or yours will see that and learn
that coming to you is NOT a good thing because it doesn't get rewarded.
Also finally and at the risk of telling you what is just obvious -
When you go out don't carry the headcollar and lead rope in full view -
put it over your shoulder.
And whilst your horse is being difficult (before you have it trained) turn it out with a leather headcollar on
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