How to catch and halter train a horse for the first time

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Chelsie,

I am helping a friend work with a 3 year old gelding. The horse has not been halter broke. We have been working with him for a couple of months on and off. I have refused to try and load him until we can get a halter on him. I need some advice on how we can get a rope on him so we can start him with a halter. I have a triple soft 45 foot lariat, but have never used it on a horse.

Thank’s for any advice you might be interested. I am also planning on attending your clinic in April near Prescott Az.

Ron B. frm Maricopa, AZ

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"Chelsie Natural Horsemanship" Rope Halter and Lead

"Chelsie Natural Horsemanship" Rope Halter and Lead

Hello Ronald,


Thanks for the email.   I have some articles that might help you.

But first  – don’t try to rope her to get the halter on. That only scares the horses more than it helps. After you rope them you only have a lot of fear of ropes later to fix. You can halter a horse without having to rope them.

Here is a little piece of an article that might help you to getting up to your horse:

“When you go to catch her, building confidence can be as simple as waiting until you have permission to enter her space. When a horse is looking at us we have permission to enter its space, when it is looking away or starting to look away, we have lost that permission.  So, when you walk up to her and she starts to look like she is going to walk away, STOP and just stand there. Try to stop before she moves. Now you are just going to stand there until she looks back at you and gives you permission to get closer to her. If you take a step toward her when you have permission and she starts to look like you lost the permission and looks like she is going to leave, STOP and just stand there again until you have permission again to enter. Patiently repeat the process as needed.  This may take time, but done correctly over a few weeks she will lose the fear of you walking up to her.  This takes her feelings into consideration and builds her confidence.”

As for putting the halter on, it may take longer to do it than just roping them will, but in the end it is way better for the horse. Take your time and build her confidence up enough to accept the halter, don’t force it on her like roping her will.
When you get ready to put a halter on her, put one on that does not have a lead line attached to it. That way if she runs off she will not be stepping on the lead line.

Also you might find my videos on how to halter a horse properly interesting. You can find them on my website on my Halter sale page, or on YouTube (search Chelsie Kallestad).

Trust that this helps, and I hope to see you at my clinic in Paulden this weekend. Please call if you are attending.
Chelsie Kallestad
chelsienaturalhorsemanship.com

928-713-3468