My traveling horse is
prone to need to be followed around for about 2-3 minutes to get caught. Any ideas
how to correct the problem? My grandpa had a horse that would come to his whistle.
That would be much nicer.
You! - TJ
What happens if you don't follow the horse around but just stand still - does
he show interest in turning and looking at you or does he turn away? Maybe you
are approaching him as if you are in a hurry to catch him and that tends to drive
best method to use if the horse is moving away from you is the walk down method.
You start in a small space such as a stall or a small pen and you walk toward
the horse's shoulder, not looking him in the eye. When he stops, go up, scratch
him on the neck or withers, then walk away from him. Do this over until you can
just walk up to him in a small space. He will learn that every time you approach
him, you do not necessarily catch him and work him.
move to larger areas. Repeat the procedure.
is really the oldest, time-tested way - it does take time and patience. If you
discipline the horse when you finally catch him, it will teach him to not be caught
in the future. So even if you are irritated that you had to walk for 3-5 minutes
before he finally stopped, resist the temptation to give him a scolding or a jerk
on the halter. Instead, give him a scratch and walk away.
you have a round pen, you can free longe the horse until he's got the edge off
him and then tell him "whoa" and then walk up to him. If he moves away
from you, you can exercise him some more.
soon the horse learns that being caught is his best alternative and nothing bad
is going to happen once he is caught.
How To Think Like
Just came from your home
page and your articles. Thank you very much. Read all of your pages pieces of
I have trained a
few horses, they all knew how to lead. Then I took it from there up driving and
riding. Last August, my boyfriend and I purchase a 3 year old filly Icelandic
Horse. Last Nov. I started to get to know this filly, like brushing, picking up
her feet, teaching her to back up, and a little bit of lungeing.
Winter came and still here. My boyfriend try to lead her around the pasture, she
would not move. But she would lead little bit with me when I carry a riding crop.
When I first starting leading her, I would tap her with the crop, when she would
take a step or two I would pet her and tell her GOOD GIRL. Then we would try again,
for about 15 minutes, last year. My boyfriend said, he does not want to deal with
a horse that does not know how to lead. I told him, that we both have to trained
her together so she will do whatever anybody wants her to do, and not for a women
Do you have any
knowledge of training the Icelandic Horse. this breed is a gaited horse. I know,
my mare has to walk before she can ride. Any help would be very greatful.
Thank you, - Anne
P.S. I plan buying all of your books.
I have never worked with any Icelandic
horses but I have worked with many kinds of horses and they all tend to respond
the same way.
must make it clear to her that she has to move forward. Rather than using a crop
(which is short), use a long in-hand whip, about 40" long. Carry it in your
left hand with the rest of the lead rope. Use your right
hand on the lead
rope about 8-10 inches from the halter. Look straight ahead, not at your horse.
Tell her "walk on" with an inviting, encouraging tone and if she doesn't
move, instantly tap her on the hip with the whip and say "walk on" again.
facing forward and stay next to her shoulder and start walking yourself. If you
look at your horse, it tends to stop her.
Once she gets going, keep walking
briskly and tap her if she even thinks about stopping, saying "walk on"
as you do. Pretty soon, she will associate your voice with the command and you
won't need to tap her. Try not to do a lot of other talking or it could confuse
It is best if you don't stop and
praise and pet her after only a step or two because what you are praising her
for is stopping! You should praise her with your voice as the both of you are
walking - you don't need to pet her.
would gain much from How
To Think Like A Horse
also from 101
Longeing and Long Lining Exercises
which has a complete set of in-hand
exercises that your horse would benefit from.