That is never fun. After his first couple of rides, my Perch was turned back out on about 30 acres and WOULD NOT be caught. I finally had to rope him from another horse. :( Not fun trying to rope something that is 3 hands taller than what you are riding. Do you have a smaller area that you could call them into and then shut them in? Will they even come to you if you have grain or cubes in a bucket? Sometimes that works.
I remember trying to catch a pony my friend had just bought. There were 3 of us and another horse in the field. Even using the other horse as "bait" it still took us about 1.5 hours to herd the pony into a small yard attched to a stable where it was going to stay until it got used to people. It had been raining so the knee high grass was sopping wet. My jeans ended up saturated all the way up to my waist. All was fine after the 1.5 hours and we were satisfied that we had finally managed the task. A phone call about 2 hours after we left had us all groaning and screaming. The pony had managed to crawl under the bottom rung of it's yard!!! Grrrrrr.
LOL I think I got my weeks worth of excersise going up and down the contour banks, pushingmy way through neckhigh grass and the humidity was pretty horrendous that day too. And yes I did want to hit her but afterwards her hubby who knows more about horses than her told me that I should have opened the paddock gate closed the narrow driveway gate and chased them up there where I could corner BettaGirl. The reason their so wild though is because I know the last time Bettagirl was ridden was last April (I know because I was there) and Clancy isnt ridden for reasons unknown and the last time BlackBetty was ridden she reared straight over in an attempt to get her rider off. She is a wild filly but its due to a bad choice of horse for Amanda who is nervy rider but refuses to ride plodders which would boost her confidence. Due to lack of riding she has gone wild and refuses to be caught and if you do she is wild as all heck.