When I try to catch him he canters off. I can get either a metre away or touch him, it varies.
He has had different 'phases' of catching methods since I have owned him.
- when I first bought him he used to walk half way and let me walk up to him.
- after a year he would canter straight to the gait when I called and when he saw me (he lived alone, with a neighbour just out of his reach for physical interaction...this neighbour was a beautiful stallion if that means anything)
- we moved him into a paddock with 3 other horses, he still cantered to the gate to meet me
- recently he moved to SA with me, I couldnt imagine life without him, and he has 33 acres to share with 2 mares and 30 cows.
- in a little paddock he was fine, cantered/trotted to the gate. - in the larger paddocks he came to me when I called but I still walked to get him.
- LATELY, to his mummys dissapointment, he has begun running off upon my approach. He never used to do this, only a few times AFTER I had ridden him or fussed over him for a while and he had decided not to be caught again. Now its all the time :( I can, of course, catch him after a few times...usually by being very calm and not making any movements with the bridle/halter and just talking to him and stroking him on the neck.
What could be causing his change in behaviour?
I HAVE considered some things such as;
- due to the size of our property I usually catch vince with a bridle and ride him home.
- desire to stay and protect his little 'herd'
- due to winter I don't get to ride much, and he has gotten used to this 'freedom'
How can I stop this problem?
Is there any little exercises?
Has anyone else had this problem, and how did you overcome it?
Gah help me :(