Originally Posted by HarleyWood
i have a 3 year old paint that I got with a friend so my mom could come with me he's 14.3hh and he looks like he could have some mustange in him. He is amiash trained and very well mannored, in hand and in saddle. But the problem is he's very hyper and skiddish he wont come to us in the pasture if we have a halter or lead rope. We have tryed treats, oats, hay, just standing there and letting him come to us. The only thing that works is taking my other 2 horses out and then he's better but still doesnt wanna come. I try to ride him every once and a while but he never comes and it takes forever to catch them all. When I ride he seems tense and just scared. All I do is ride not hard or anything just walk and trot. Any advise? We don't have the money to send him to a trainer and when we do im sending my other paint to get finnished.
he is a gelding
So, is your main question how to catch him? You have a bunch of things that you talk about here. I would say , that with regard to the title of your thread, calming him down, remember that he is a BABY. SErioulsy. Three years old is still very young. It will be his nature to be nervous, especially in unfamiliar territory. YOu know the nature of a horse, right? Fearful and wary is the way they are, by nature. So, the only thing you can do is to make him feel less fearful. To do that you have to be such a confident leader, that he can hand over his concern to you . Really.
You cannot calm him by petting him or talking to him, only.
First of all , expect him to behave like a baby, if he is one, and he is.
SEcond of all, look around on the forum for threads about catching horses that don't want to be caught (there are lots of them) and lastly, look into maybe learning a bit about ground work that will biuld your abitlity to become a better leader for the horse.