What is the best way to capture a runaway horse that is spooked?

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  1. ractelbeast profile image61
    ractelbeastposted 5 years ago

    What is the best way to capture a runaway horse that is spooked?

    I had this experience the other day and I'm just curious what other people would instinctively do!

  2. SidKemp profile image93
    SidKempposted 5 years ago

    I don't have a clue, 'cause I'm a city kid.

    And if you really are the cute kitten in your avatar photo, it's going to be tough!

    Seriously, I hope someone can answer your question - and I hope you got a good laugh!

  3. kcg2946 profile image61
    kcg2946posted 5 years ago

    Hi ractelbeast,
    We have horses and this is what we have done. We have a white bucket, and regularly we put some grain in the bucket, go to each horse, and "treat" them out of the bucket (our horses are not handfed and rarely get treats). The result of this is that if they get out of the pasture or corral, we get the white bucket, get their attention, and back they come.

    On spooking when being ridden: this is another type of problem. Be calm, first of all. Your horse will instinctively know if you are as upset as they are. Depending upon the horse and where this happens: if you have the confidence of the horse (and it is a nice, trained horse), you can stand near them, talking all the while, then slowly walk up to them (slightly to the side--you don't want to be in front if they spook again). I would gently throw the end of a lead rope over its neck, and for our horses, that means they are "caught" and they will not fight at that point. Or, if there are dropped reins, pick up one of the reins and try to gently lead them. Talk to them!

    Spooked can mean so many different types of situations with so many types of horses and levels of training. We have one horse that spooks at loud noises. She goes straight up in the air, usually unseats a young rider, and goes about 20 feet and stops. At that point, she is very penitent, and so far, no one has been hurt.

    If I were you, I would train the horse to a dropped rein (ground tied), a white bucket with grain, a lead over their neck, and just generally work on trust. Also, look at what is spooking them: can you avoid the situation?

    Enough--contact me if you have questions. This is like 20 years of horse in 100 words or less. Hope it helps, and good luck!
    Kathy

    1. ractelbeast profile image61
      ractelbeastposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks so much for such a detailed answer!  You obviously know horses pretty well.

    2. kcg2946 profile image61
      kcg2946posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you--I do love both horses and dogs. Everyday you learn something new about them! Good luck!

  4. brackenb profile image81
    brackenbposted 5 years ago

    I agree with kcg2946,  I've been "in horses" for over 40 years and the first rule we always follow is don't panic (this makes the horse worse as they are flight animals by instinct) and don't be in too much of a rush to grab at him when you get close.  Stay as calm and quiet as you can and approach gently.  In situations where there isn't a bucket to hand we have had success with something as simple as rustling a sweet paper to attract and distract the horse!

 
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