When I first got my arab gelding, he was fairly easy to catch. I know horses can associate work when they see someone coming to get them in the pasture, therefore they will refused to be caught.
My arab is smart and after a few weeks of letting me catch him after I first got him, he started booking it whenever he saw me coming for him in the pasture. One of the fellow boarders suggested treats (and I know this is a bad idea and will only last so long before your horse figures it out) but I became so frustrated with trying to catch my horse that I went to the treat tactic. It worked for about two months, up until yesterday, then my arab started to run from me in the pasture again.
When this all started my trainer told me to start working my horse around the pasture immediately after I got out there and once we made eye contact. So basically I was told to work my horse around the pasture until he got tired enough for me to catch him. My trainer said this gets the horse in the mindset of "She's making me run around the pasture, so perhaps if I give in it'll be less work and easier for me to just be caught." This somewhat makes sense to me... but I don't want to run around the pasture for the rest of my life catching my horse.
Any opinions or ideas?