WHEW, it's been a crazy couple of days. Since we let Rebel onto the pasture, the weather has been HORRIBLE, with actual temperatures in the teens fahrenheit, and "feels like" temperatures reaching as low as -10! And, just to make life more difficult, Rebel has decided he doesn't need to be caught. Ever. Hubby has tried and failed at least once a day to catch him since we put him out there. Hubby has never dealt with this problem and has now accidentally allowed Rebel to think escaping capture is a game. So, in this below freezing weather, hubby and I will begin spending time out in the pasture with a couple handfuls of grain to get Rebel used to the idea that leaving the pasture is a good thing.
I had relative success today when I went out and intentionally didn't catch him... I had him following me all over the field, except RIGHT in front of the gate. So we have made the first baby step in the right direction. *sigh*
This big "roadblock" in our progress has been very discouraging for me especially, as I know what to do to move Rebel's progress forward, but I have a hard time explaining that to the lesser experienced hubby. He's good with horses, but he's never dealt with difficult or untrained ones. And I work so much that I can't help except on weekends.
I know that in the early training of younger horses especially, these hitches in progress are to be expected. I'm just relatively impatient, I guess. Maybe Rebel will be teaching me patience while I teach him to be a good boy!