I briefly mentioned in an earlier post that my mare can be a little “funny” catching sometimes and to be honest it can be very frustrating for me.
A month will go past were she will catch everyday absolutely fine then the next month I have to be ready to wait 20 minutes before she will come in.
What does she do ?
Will she come in with food ?
Nope, she will ignore me while I get mugged by other horses so I don’t put myself in that situation.
Does she run away from me across the field?
Nope, not all the time, granted there will be days like this but most of the time she will circle me sometimes just close enough that it looks like she is going to catch but still too far way to be caught.
The thing is, on this circle I can lunge her. I can ask her to trot I can even ask her to canter and then I can get her to go back down the transitions. Not by chasing her. No. The smart arse is voice commanded.
Although this only lasts up to a point. A very convenient point. At the point in the school were I would ask her to come in, she does. She knows at the end of a lunging session she joins me in the middle for a pat and sometimes a treat. However in the field she suddenly be becomes deaf to that command, although she will stop and stand still, as if contemplating her options. If I move towards her she will start to walk on again.
The best solution I have come up with, other than taking all other horses out of the field, is to just wait and eventually she will roll her eyes and stand still.
When I eventually catch her she puts a face on like butter wouldn’t melt. “Oh this is what you were wanting from me?” “Aye, pal go no be wide” (Yes dear, don’t play dumb)