This mare was purchased a few months ago by a friend of mine and the story was "the fellow that owned her before couldnt catch her and he got very frustrated and sold her."
My friend has been busy with work and has just left the mare outside with her herdmates but now she wants to start riding her and doing something with her
She absolutely, 100% refuses to be caught. You can shake grain buckets, stand there eating carrots in front of her, bring everyone else in and leave her out there alone (she will scream and pace and run around like crazy but wont come near you to be caught), you can withold food and water and go out every hour with a bucket of water and she will refuse to come near enough to be caught. After literally several hours of trying, the only option left is to open the gate (the paddocks join up to the barn via a fenced alleyway) and leave her stall door open and wait until she comes in on her own. Once she is in, she is fine. You can walk up to her in her stall, catch her, groom her, ride her, do whatever you want with her. In the field - forget it. What should take 2 minutes takes 2 hours unless you get everyone else in first and leave the gate open and let her come inside on her own. Which is a total PITA if you ONLY want her in to ride her and not the rest of them!
She doesnt have a round pen. Only 2 smaller paddocks (that are still quite large and not exactly workable as far as sending her around in there and making her work if she wont approach) and 2 very large ones. A round pen would be ideal, but it isnt an option at all
Who has any suggestions that perhaps we havent thought of?
I have never been faced with a horse that simply wont be caught no matter what and I am limited in what options and suggestions I can offer to her