Heh, I am the only one who can catch just about anything in the fields(with the exception of two). Usually, my family ends up having to herd them into the barn to get them, if they get wound up. Two mares we have to do that because they won't let you touch them in the field. I am working on them though. I can stand about arms length from one of them now without her moving away. For her that is a HUGE accomplishment.
When I go out, I don't catch them everytime. Somedays I bring a curry comb, some days I bring carrots, some days I pet them, some days I just walk through them and check them over. I change it up.
When I do go to catch them, I always go to the side and scratch thier shoulder and thier neck on the near side, and then slip my hand under thier head onto thier nose and slip the halter on.
That is for the ones who are broke to lead and halter and all that.