Wednesday, April 14, 2010

How To Catch A Horse

Trainers get lots of calls from people who can't catch their horses. I thought I'd post a short video to show how it's done.

Dramamine Warning: This is my very first attempt at video recording. It was made on my phone (Motorola Droid) while walking over rough ground in a high wind. No way to mount a tripod.

Sarge recently skinned up his scar but good, and I have to treat it every day again. That's pretty much all I'm doing with him right now, so he knows perfectly well what's coming when I show up. Even though he's not crazy about being treated, the quality of our relationship is such that he still comes willingly when I call him.

That's the key. If you have a foundation of mutual respect and understanding, everything else just works.


Borepatch said...


The Mrs. used to have a horse when she was a wee lass. She watched this with keen interest, to see your tricks,


Hecate said...

She'd laugh even harder if she could have seen me as well. It was so windy that Sarge couldn't tell at first where I was when I called him. I had to jump up and down and wave so he could find me. That was the really bad jerky part.

I wish my horses were as easy to uncatch as they are to catch.

Viatecio said...

I'll occasionally do the same thing with my dog.

Other people will be chasing down their dog and trying to grab the collar to put on the leash.

I just say "Mallory, Come!"

Gotta love that two-way road of respect, trust and understanding :)