Why Does My Horse Play ‘Catch Me If You Can’?
Q.Why does my horse run when I try to catch her?
A. Running away can become a persistent (and tiring!) problem because it delays, and sometimes prevents, the horse from being caught. Some horses stay just out of reach, others become aggressive and show dramatic displays of displeasure, and—in rare instances—horses might make a game of it. Horses run away for many reasons, and understanding the reasons why is the first step toward resolving the issue. To get to the cause, it’s important to look at what happens before, during, and after you catch your horse.
What happens while you try to catch your horse?
How you react when your horse runs away will affect her future behavior. Some trainers recommend “making the wrong thing hard and the right thing easy,” but this approach can, in this scenario, backfire and make things worse. If you chase or punish your horse when she runs away, her obvious advantage in speed and stamina can draw out and intensify the situation. Your horse will also be more likely to run in the future, because chasing and punishment are stressful. There is an added risk that your horse will associate the negative experience with
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