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Date:4/21/2014 9:08:48 AM
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dont chase her
Hello- here's a vote and an idea for you to try with her. I read that she likes to run away from you when you try to chatch her- first, don't think of it as chatching her, think of it as "joining up" or "coming together". When you walk towards her, and she walks away from you- you also should walk away from her (you're showing her that you're giving her space). She'll respect this (though it may take time) and next time she'll meet you half-way instead of going further way.
Don't forget that she loves treats- so try going out into the field with a bucket of grain (not full, only a couple cups- just enough for a shaking noise that she can hear from a ways off). With your bucket of grain, walk out PARTIALLY into the field NOT ALL THE WAY, and shake the bucket- STAND THERE- and wait for her to come to you.
Your horse has it in her mind that being with people could be dangerous and possibly uncomfortable- it's your job as her rider and care-taker to let her know that you're there to help her, not hurt her. In order for her to realize this, you have to firt gain her trust (and space respect.) When you're standing in the field, shake the bucket of grain every so often (count to 40 inbetween shakes), and be sure to talk to her. Horses are just like humans- they like to listen to your voice. A soothing tone works best, but you want to coax her to you.
I like to sing to my horses- songs from the radio (country naturally) and songs i learn from my church chorus or from school. Horses like music too, just like us.
Try it- and let me know how it goes for you- it took me nearly two months of consistent coaxing for my horse and he still is occationally hard to get, but if you work on it - AND REALLY WORK ON IT- you'll see a big difference, because she'll start to work better for you when you ride.
Take care, cally
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