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Catching Should be Easy

Some horses don’t like to be caught, which can make heading out to the paddock with a halter a dreadful chore, resulting in frustration and setting a negative tone for the day’s lesson. Oftentimes, a horse is hard to catch because he associates your appearance with work, or even discomfort, as opposed to something pleasurable. There are many reasons a horse may avoid being caught, however. He may run out of fear, or lack of handling, in response to human inconsistency, or due to previous trauma. And don’t forget, horses can read your intention – they know exactly what you’re up to. If you consistently greet your horse with a mind to catching him, then it’s “game on!” You’ll see all kinds of suggestions about how to catch such a horse, including trying to lure the horse with food or treats, hiding the halter, or even rounding the horse up on…

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