I didn’t see where else this would fit, so I hope this spot is right.
Hello, I am new here for one. Been looking for issues that I am dealing with and came across this site & decided to join since I am in need of some help/advice.
First I’ll start with my background:
I have been around horses pretty much my entire life. Grew up in a saddle. Broke/trained a few in my younger years, seen all kinds of issues. Use to be the type that would ride any horse I laid my eyes upon & the bigger the better. Then in 2003 I had a pretty bad horse accident… out with a green horse with an even greener rider, that horse spooked and banged up against mine (16.3hh)… he jumped and reared. Luckily his jumping pushed me far enough out and away from him so he didn’t land on me. But my body hit the pavement HARD! My head bounced off the pavement like a basketball (no helmet) instant whiplash and blacked out for a bit. Well the following year my dad passed, so I needed to sell my horse.
So I shied away from horses for awhile, well big ones at least had a few mini’s since.
And this brings us to the present: The fear is still there some but the horse riding itch has bitten me hard the past couple of years, so I have been casually looking. Up until yesterday (though I still have 1 mini)… brought home a 12hh drafty pony (she looks like Haflinger) - just my size, not as far to fall.
The guy I got her from said she had been used in a team on a wagon but hasn’t had much riding. He said his little girls have ridden her, but they prefer the big horses. He said he’s even rode her and that she just doesn’t know much. Ok, fine with me I can handle that.
He brought her here and had a huge halter/lead rope combo on her and I didn’t have a halter big enough to fit her (just mini halters). So he took the halter off and let her loose in my field. And said she would come to treats and feed… ok, that’s fine or so I thought.
Well yesterday (I had no treats) I tried to catch her to no avail. Even with feed, she’d get close enough to barely sniff it and that’s it. I followed her around the pasture for hours, trying to make her realize it would just be easier and less work for her to come to me instead of moving away.
So today I went and got treats & she has came up and taken them from my hand and has let me pet her some on her face and a couple times on her upper neck but that’s it.
Then introduce the sight of a halter or rope and she won’t even get near. Even if it’s just draped around my neck or shoulder. Let alone trying to sneak it over her head.
I have spent hours each day trying.
Today I left her on a positive note- her letting me rub her face all the way up to her forelock and a little bit of her upper neck, gave a treat, said “good girl” and walked away.
I just want to at least get a halter on her so I can catch her when I want and start working with her. If she would’ve had a halter on today I would’ve been able to catch her by the noseband or even the side strap.
I’ve never had a horse I couldn’t catch, every one I have ever had would catch me. So I have never dealt with this issue before.
And I have no smaller pen or place to put her in, so that makes it even harder.
Am I approaching this right?
Or is there something else I should be doing?