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Which Of These Horse Catching Mistakes Do You Make?


The other day, I was invited to see my friend's new horse. He had her for about a month before I got to see her. When I arrived at his house, he met me outside and said, "C'mon?let's go see her." We stood at the fence and marveled at how beautiful she was. Excited, he asked, "You wanna pet her?" "Sure!" I said. So my friend grabbed the halter and went after her.

As I watched him chase her I was reminded of those silent movies where everyone is moving comically fast with the music in the background. As I chuckled to myself I heard him ask aloud, "Why does she keep running from me?"

That was a good question. Lots of people have that trouble. There are lots of reasons horses run from their owners. One reason is fear. Horses are the epitome of fear. If they sense their life is in danger they'll run.

If a horse is comfortable with their herd, even if its one or two other horses, it can be uncomfortable for him. His entire DNA speaks loud and clear to him that the herd is the safest place to be. Therefore, if he leaves the herd it could mean his life is threatened - at least?that's his thinking.

One of the biggest mistakes I see are new horse owners that make their horse work almost every time they go to see them. Picture it. You're a horse standing there with your buddies. It's ninety-four degrees out side, the flies won't leave you alone, and you were doing fine just standing there doing nothing - thank you very much. And because you are enormously alert due to your innate fear, you quickly spot your owner coming to you holding that weird looking, not-so-good-fitting rope thing that goes on your head.

The last 400 gazillion times your owner walked toward you with it in his hand, he accidentally jabbed your cheek while clumsily jerking it on your head. Then he made you leave your friends and go run in circles for thirty minutes. Boring!

Rather, the horse owner should alternate working and pleasure for his horse. In other words, one day walk to your horse with the halter in your hand and pet him. Talk to him. Tell him how beautiful he is. Take your halter and rub it on his body as if it were a brush. Get him thinking that the halter will give him pleasure so when he sees it he'll feel good about it.

The next day, with halter in hand, go see your horse and pet him. Talk nice. Then put his halter on. Pet him again. Keep talking nice. After a few minutes, take the halter off and rub his body with it. Then walk away.

Now your horse is starting to think, "Great! That's all he wanted." For a while, alternate when you ask your horse to work versus not work and take your halter with you each time to keep him guessing, "Is he going to pet me and tell me I'm purty, or are we going to work a little? I'm guessing he'll pet me so I'll stay put."

Other reasons horses run from their owners is they may lack good training. Another reason is maybe the horse is getting positive reinforcement at the wrong time. How can that be? A horse could learn to run from his owner - and if he does he gets a carrot or some kind of temptation AFTER he runs.

So how do you stop the running and catch your horse?

It depends why the horse runs. If your horse is fearful then you need to get his trust back. You do that by doing positive things with your horse. When you catch him, don't ask him to work. Get out your brush and groom him. He'll like that. You want him to think of being with you as a pleasant experience - one that he wants when he sees you. This is especially crucial if you're going to take him away from his buddies in the herd.

Because the horse feels safe being with his buddies in the herd, you must make him feel safe being taken out of the herd. Thus, when you catch him you can groom him and give a good experience to make him feel safe.

A good practice is to put your horse in a small pen and go up to him. Teach him that it's good to be with you. This will give you a good foundation to catch him later when he's in an open field.

Another nifty trick you can do is use lunging to teach your horse to come you. Don't simply run him in boring circles. Have him change directions, go over and through obstacles, etc. Make sure to praise him when he does well and give him rest. Don't run him into the ground. If you do, he'll go back to thinking you're going to make him work real hard.

As you're lunging him, use commands to get him to do what you want him to do. As you and he get good at this, he'll respond much better to you in the open field.

A mistake many people make is chasing the horse to try and catch him. You simply can't do it. They're too fast and agile. Not only that, it tends to reinforce a horse's instinct of being preyed upon and they need to get to safety?which means?get away from you.

Sometimes you can use another horse to help you catch a horse by being buddies with the horse you don't want to catch. If you go to pet a horse it can sometimes draw the horse you want to catch. He may want petted too.

Be sure to never punish a horse once you catch him. First, he won't know why he got in trouble. And second, it's a great way to get him to NOT want to be with you. If he doesn't want to be with you, he will evade you often.

About The Author

Andy Curry is a nationally known horse trainer and author of several best selling horse training and horse care books. For information visit his website at www.horsetrainingandtips.com. He is also the leading expert on Jesse Beery's horse training methods which can be seen at www.horsetrainingandtips.com/Jesse_Beerya.htm.


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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?  The New York Times

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Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows  Science Daily

Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Jordan - nwitimes.com
Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Jordan  nwitimes.com

Clean carpets possess a deeper meaning than just an inviting home - The Daily Nonpareil
Clean carpets possess a deeper meaning than just an inviting home  The Daily Nonpareil

SPCA continues no lost pets campaign by microchipping animals - WABI
SPCA continues no lost pets campaign by microchipping animals  WABI

Erie County offers free rabies vaccinations for pets - WGRZ.com
Erie County offers free rabies vaccinations for pets  WGRZ.com

Children with animal allergies can live comfortably with pets - Wahoo Newspaper
Children with animal allergies can live comfortably with pets  Wahoo Newspaper

Pets of the Week - The Bethel Citizen
Pets of the Week  The Bethel Citizen

Annual pet blessing held as a drive-thru event due to ongoing pandemic - WLOS
Annual pet blessing held as a drive-thru event due to ongoing pandemic  WLOS

30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game - Today.com
30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game  Today.com

SMVHS Pet of the Week: Duke - Lompoc Record
SMVHS Pet of the Week: Duke  Lompoc Record

Cabot animal shelter using facial recognition to help find lost pets - THV11.com KTHV
Cabot animal shelter using facial recognition to help find lost pets  THV11.com KTHV

PUPS Act introduced to keep pets, owners together after travel - The Franklin Sun
PUPS Act introduced to keep pets, owners together after travel  The Franklin Sun

PET TALK: Chickens can be pets, but they also have other benefits - Chron.com
PET TALK: Chickens can be pets, but they also have other benefits  Chron.com

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Check out these solutions for your pets! - yurview.com
Check out these solutions for your pets!  yurview.com

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Pets and People: Putting two feet first | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

Ammon reptile owners talk about surrendered pets - Local News 8 - LocalNews8.com
Ammon reptile owners talk about surrendered pets - Local News 8  LocalNews8.com

Pet owners felt less lonely and stressed during COVID-19 lockdown - Earth.com
Pet owners felt less lonely and stressed during COVID-19 lockdown  Earth.com

Pets with Potential: Meet Duchess - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Duchess  WCAX

Pandemic Pets - The Herald
Pandemic Pets  The Herald

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Photos: Hoosiers fall in love with new pets this autumn at free adoption event - The Indianapolis Star
Photos: Hoosiers fall in love with new pets this autumn at free adoption event  The Indianapolis Star

Stanton Foundation grant to help pets, families - University of Georgia
Stanton Foundation grant to help pets, families  University of Georgia

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Pet owners cancel plans to spend time with dogs, cats instead, Pet Census finds  Fox News

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Majority of Pet Owners Admit to Canceling Plans to Hang with Dog Instead, Survey Finds  PEOPLE

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Blue green algae poses danger to swimmers and pets  1430wcmy.com

NYC woman sues pet shop for not letting her take pricey poodle home - New York Post
NYC woman sues pet shop for not letting her take pricey poodle home  New York Post

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Local sisters make ‘furrtastic’ accessories for pets  myfox8.com

Peony and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - The Arizona Republic
Peony and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

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Shelter Pets | Valley Life | avpress.com  Antelope Valley Press

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Is your pet's food making you sick? Study finds many don't know the risk  Agri News

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What do pet owners think about CBD? Study says...  Jill Lopez

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Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com  Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

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Pets of the week: Darling London has a friendly personality, loves to play fetch  Victoria Advocate

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Lost Dog, Husky/Pitbull Mix in Robbins | Pets | thepilot.com  Southern Pines Pilot

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Pet probiotics: Are they really necessary?  Mic

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Sick 9/11 Hero's Dog Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island  Long Island Press

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Three rabies cases confirmed in Roanoke City and County; experts remind pet owners to vaccinate their pets  WFXRtv.com

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Cuddle with a new friend this fall — adopt a pet: Sept. 26-27  SILive.com

El Paso Animal Services helps feed needy pets with a food bank - KVIA El Paso
El Paso Animal Services helps feed needy pets with a food bank  KVIA El Paso

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Hit the Paws Button: Vote for your favorite pet!  Waterbury Republican American

Keeping pets at a healthy weight - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Keeping pets at a healthy weight  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, AZ Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food in 4 lb Bags Because of a Possible Salmonella Health Risk (USA)  FDA.gov

Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

Letter from the Editor: Introduce us to your pets! - Chicago Daily Herald
Letter from the Editor: Introduce us to your pets!  Chicago Daily Herald

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Pets of the Week: September 24, 2020  WSIL TV

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Nominate Your Pet For Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week  Clark, NJ Patch

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Is Your Pet Spoiled? Just A Little Bit!  newstalkkit.com

Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Sept. 20, 2020 - Summit Daily News
Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Sept. 20, 2020  Summit Daily News

Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week From Humane Rescue Alliance - Patch.com
Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week From Humane Rescue Alliance  Patch.com

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Jobs, jobs, jobs at Pet Supplies Plus in West Bend  washingtoncountyinsider.com

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Dead, Malnourished Pets Found In Camden County; Charges Pending  Lake Expo

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Pet of the Week: Ginger  KATC Lafayette News

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Pet of the Week - Sept. 26  Columbus Telegram

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Pets of the week: Barney is the perfect family dog. Zelda is just plain adorable  MLive.com

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Friendswood Animal Control pet of the week | Lifestyle | The Daily News  Galveston County Daily News

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Pet of the week: A senior Lab looking for a good rope toy, and a petite, quiet tabby  Duluth News Tribune

CAPA Pet of the Week: Canelo - Santa Maria Times
CAPA Pet of the Week: Canelo  Santa Maria Times

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Here are some of the companies that could benefit from COVID's ‘pet boom’  MarketWatch

Grab Rover and drive over to church for a pet blessing - Sun Sentinel
Grab Rover and drive over to church for a pet blessing  Sun Sentinel

Best of Orange County 2020: Best pet clinic/veterinary hospital - OCRegister
Best of Orange County 2020: Best pet clinic/veterinary hospital  OCRegister

Young-Williams Animal Center Pet of the Week: Dr. Yap - WATE 6 On Your Side
Young-Williams Animal Center Pet of the Week: Dr. Yap  WATE 6 On Your Side

You All Need To Pet The Dog In Hades More - Kotaku
You All Need To Pet The Dog In Hades More  Kotaku

Pet of the Week: Oliver - County 17
Pet of the Week: Oliver  County 17

Las Vegas animal shelters offering free pet adoptions this weekend - FOX5 Las Vegas
Las Vegas animal shelters offering free pet adoptions this weekend  FOX5 Las Vegas

World's largest pet walk to take place Sept. 26 - Ponte Vedra Recorder
World's largest pet walk to take place Sept. 26  Ponte Vedra Recorder

All About Pets: Emergency preparations for your pets - Prescott Daily Courier
All About Pets: Emergency preparations for your pets  Prescott Daily Courier

Empty the Shelters event lowers pet adoption fees in early October - PotomacLocal.com
Empty the Shelters event lowers pet adoption fees in early October  PotomacLocal.com

Real Pet Food Company recalls dog food due to possible salmonella contamination - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Real Pet Food Company recalls dog food due to possible salmonella contamination  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

These household items can be poisonous to your pets - KSAT San Antonio
These household items can be poisonous to your pets  KSAT San Antonio

Austin Humane Society distributes thousands of pounds of pet food - FOX 7 Austin
Austin Humane Society distributes thousands of pounds of pet food  FOX 7 Austin

PET OF THE WEEK - Sky Hi News
PET OF THE WEEK  Sky Hi News

Pet Health: Smoky air especially harmful to pets - KOIN.com
Pet Health: Smoky air especially harmful to pets  KOIN.com

Pet of the Week: Oreo - Daily Bulldog
Pet of the Week: Oreo  Daily Bulldog

How Pets May Improve Our Immunity - Psychology Today
How Pets May Improve Our Immunity  Psychology Today

Pet Project: Milli Vanilli, - WJXT News4JAX
Pet Project: Milli Vanilli,  WJXT News4JAX

Hidden Paws Network hosting Brown County pet food drive - WeAreGreenBay.com
Hidden Paws Network hosting Brown County pet food drive  WeAreGreenBay.com

Pet therapy coordinator learns valuable lessons from her four-legged companions - Charleston Post Courier
Pet therapy coordinator learns valuable lessons from her four-legged companions  Charleston Post Courier

Longmont Humane Society pet of the week for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 - Longmont Times-Call
Longmont Humane Society pet of the week for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020  Longmont Times-Call

Pet Pals TV: Canine Castaways - WISHTV.com
Pet Pals TV: Canine Castaways  WISHTV.com

Three kittens available starting Monday - The Daily Nonpareil
Three kittens available starting Monday  The Daily Nonpareil

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6 Things to Know About Insuring Your Pets  MSN Money

Calamity Jane(CJ) is the ‘Pet of the Week’ at the Midland Humane Coalition - KMID - Local 2 News
Calamity Jane(CJ) is the ‘Pet of the Week’ at the Midland Humane Coalition  KMID - Local 2 News

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Roxy - 47abc  WMDT

28 top-rated Amazon products your pets will love - CNN
28 top-rated Amazon products your pets will love  CNN

Union family gets to keep pet pigs | Local News - La Grande Observer
Union family gets to keep pet pigs | Local News  La Grande Observer

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Joy Is Bridgewaters Pet Of The Week  Bridgewater, NJ Patch

Get cozy with one of these 20 adoptable pets: Sept. 19-20 - SILive.com
Get cozy with one of these 20 adoptable pets: Sept. 19-20  SILive.com

Pets of Detroit: The Official Power Rankings - prideofdetroit.com
Pets of Detroit: The Official Power Rankings  prideofdetroit.com

Hints From Heloise: Pet photos | Connect | athensmessenger.com - Athens Messenger
Hints From Heloise: Pet photos | Connect | athensmessenger.com  Athens Messenger

Salem animal hospital offers free treatment for pets hurt in area wildfires - KPTV.com
Salem animal hospital offers free treatment for pets hurt in area wildfires  KPTV.com

Batch of Billy + Margot pet food recalled due to Salmonella concerns - NorthcentralPa.com
Batch of Billy + Margot pet food recalled due to Salmonella concerns  NorthcentralPa.com

Free pet adoptions this weekend at animal shelters - KLAS - 8 News Now
Free pet adoptions this weekend at animal shelters  KLAS - 8 News Now

Local shelter reduces adoption fees during BISSELL Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters event - WILX
Local shelter reduces adoption fees during BISSELL Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters event  WILX

Siouxland Humane Society hosts 18th annual 'Pets on Parade' - KTIV
Siouxland Humane Society hosts 18th annual 'Pets on Parade'  KTIV

Pet stores at Arizona malls accused of selling 'puppy mill' dogs - The Arizona Republic
Pet stores at Arizona malls accused of selling 'puppy mill' dogs  The Arizona Republic

The global pandemic's newest luxury traveler? Your pet - CNBC
The global pandemic's newest luxury traveler? Your pet  CNBC

Help Pets in Need Find a Forever Family During PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Days - PRNewswire
Help Pets in Need Find a Forever Family During PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Days  PRNewswire

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