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Catching Horses in Corral (13.12.13)

Follow everything in order written.

Never go into the corral without a carrot stick in your hands – this is the case any time you step foot into the corral. Then you can use it to position or move a horse so you are always in control of the horses. So they do not fight, and do not get on-top of you.

When horses are in corral at any stage, close the gate(s)

  1. Call 3 times with high pitch, loudly.
  2. If no movement, go straight into the field with your carrot stick.
  3. Position yourself so you are behind a large group of horses, i.e. not just 1 horse. Then point like a policeman with your left (or right) arm towards the corral or gate entrance depending on where you are needing them to go.
  4. Then very firmly hit the ground with your savvy string (attached to carrot stick) 2 or 3 times and continue to point.
  5. March up behind them, occasionally flicking your carrot stick on the ground and continuing to point.

Result: As a herd they will go bounding up to corral or gateway and that’s it. Once you have arrived into the corral, shut the gate and start haltering them.

If it goes wrong:- 

If when you direct them, they go round in circles, and miss the opening, you need to:-

  1. Re-correct your position, so you are behind the majority of the herd. Then repeat above.

If Utterly Stuck:- 

This is very rare, however as a last resort you can go back to corral, fetch 2 halters, halter 2 horses up and the rest of the herd will follow.

If have to do this, you must tell Sarah so can re-train them as this behavior is unacceptable and breaks down the training that we have done with the herd.

Reminder: when horses are all tied up, ensure all gates are closed.

Order of Horses to Tie Up

The order is to tie horses up where there is more space. e.g. on rails where there are fewer horses. Then work your way to the rails where there are more horses.

Your goal is to avoid getting trapped and tie up most obvious horses, e.g. ones also standing by their correct places, which some do of their own accord.

Feeding Hay in Haynets

Fill hay nets of the horses who are left in the corral – 1 to 2 slabs depending on time of year / hunger of horses. ideally only 1, but cannot have wood rails eaten, so if nets are getting emptied quickly, then 2 slabs required.

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