Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares View Post
In my experience, it could be any of these, or some horses even like to turn 'catch me' into a game they want to play with you.
As for what you call laziness, I've usually seen this in horses that have come to associate being caught with having to always work, especially if it is repetitious type training work (like in a ring). If this is the case, try breaking this association by going out with the halter/lead and just spending time with him, brushing, treats (though in general I don't like to use treats) etc. (no riding, no work), and progress to including 'fun' riding type work.
As for staying with his herd, once you catch him, does he come with you willingly or does he constantly want to stop while on the lead? If he comes willingly, being herd bound is probably not the problem.
As for the time off/freedom issue, this can be very common also, especially in younger horses, and it just takes patience and getting back into the routine to resolve (similar to going back and starting a young horse).
Laziness - good ideas, ill try those (:
Staying with his 'herd' - he comes willingly and all,
Freedom - he's 11, but what you said does make sense.
Well today I tried to catch him, didnt go too well. I had no intention of riding him as it was pouring down with rain but I just wanted to give him a feed and brush off the mud and spend time with him.
I got the bridle, and had the reins around his neck and he took off with the bridle dangling. I couldnt catch him and he was dragging the bridle through the mud and stepping on/through it. Every time I got close enough to touch him he kicked/bucked and taking off again.
It got to the point where I was in tears
Eventually I grabbed onto the bridle and undid the reins.
After this I just took a leadrope out to him and made a makeshift halter, this was difficult but easier than the first time. I led him around with this and then procceded to put the bridle back on. Much easier and he didnt try anything.
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