Originally Posted by mbender
He runs from you out of disrespect. As cori said, when you go to catch him, don't always take him out to work. Is there grass in this paddock? I agree with making them run if they try to get away from you. Have you ever just gone in the paddock and just sit? The other thing you can try is when you do catch him give him lots of scratches and if you want a treat. Make getting caught a good thing. Once you are done loving on him, let him go, but still have some control. Don't let him walk away from you, you walk away from him. No eye contact. It may take some time for him to realize being caught or being near you is a good thing. You may not be able to ride or work him for a few days but I think it will be worth your time to correct this frustrating habit.
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That doesn't work with all
horses. - I am a wimp in the heat, so many
times throughout the summer ALL I wanted to do with my horse was catch her and let her munch grass on the end of a lead rope while I sat in the grass with her and read a book. It STILL took me an hour of chasing my horse EVERY time I tried to catch her. Even though she rarely got worked. Mostly all she got was brought to an area with a whole lot more/better grass than in her pasture/paddock.
Once I started riding her After I caught her (even when she's still dripping sweat) she started learning to come up to me and be caught.
In fact, my horse seems to appreciate having a job and working. - I always feel guilty making my horse work, so I don't push her very hard. But when I DO push her a little, she has a Lot more respect for me and she sorta seems to genuinelly like
Also, she doesn't like to be fussed over either. So petting/grooming/"loving on" etc. is Not a "reward" for coming.
What mbender said is certainly worth a try, but this is My experience with My horse. - It took me 3 and 1/2 years (literally) of running the pee outta my horse before I could catch her reliably. No one knows better than I how you feel.