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Re: [RC] great ride, if only i can catch him..... - Suzi Maiorisi

Holly and I have played these games when she first came home.  Now the debate is over who gets fed first, Holly or the chickens!  I won't go out there with food now, but I did that at first because going out with just a halter was immediate grounds for a running tear thru the pasture.  Once I convinced her that food was forthcoming she would come right up and wait to be caught (who's catching whom here?) For a couple of days I brought the bucket down to the gate and left it on the outside.  Then I left out the bucket completely, but I catch her during the day and will just tie her in her stall or tie her to the trailer, or groom her or whatever so that it's not always associated with a ride.  Sometimes food is involved (waiting at the trailer or in her stall) sometimes not.  Sometimes she has to stand tied quietly for X minutes before she is released and food may or may not be forthcoming.  Mix it up, try not to do the same thing twice - just like getting off the horse somewhere in your yard/pasture/camping area other than right at the trailer to teach them that once they get in site of it, that's not the ONLY place to go!
Good luck,
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Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 7:31 PM
Subject: [RC] great ride, if only i can catch him.....

Okay. This is a bit embarassing.
I have recently become the new owner of a terrific Arabian. Sunny rides great -- BIG, floating trot. Lots of stamina. Will make an incredible endurance horse, I think. The only problem is that it takes me a loooooong time to catch him.
My other Arab, Vashka, is easy to catch. Unless Sunny gets him going and then forget it.
I tried a kind of John Lyons approach by chasing him around the pasture, which got him so tired he wanted to join up and come to me. 
Only now the pasture is very soppy and when the horses run I close my eyes because I get nervous about how they slip around and nearly fall.........
I have tried apples, his favorite. I have tried buckets of oats........
I have tried putting them in smaller spaces but then they just show me how athletic they are with their tightly woven turns and agile side passess........
I would really appreciate some advice, as I can see my neighbor across the street staring through her kitchen window and laughing at me as I run after these Aaaaa-rabs....

[RC] great ride, if only i can catch him....., LTYearwood