I have just recently purchased an 8 yr old QH who has mostly been used for lease and ranch work in the past, but hasn't been ridden in about a year. I rode him around the arena a few days ago and he was fine. The only problem with him is that he absolutely hates being caught. The pasture where he's kept is quite large and there are four other horses in there with him.
I realize that there are quite a few threads already about using the Join Up method and various others which are similar, but I still have a few more questions which don't seem to be answered in the other threads.
Can I use the Join Up method in the pasture (30 acres) with the other horses around? How do I separate just him from the four other horses? Or am I going to be herding all of them? Should I be doing this in a smaller paddock by himself? When he stops and (hopefully) looks at me, do I approach slowly and hope he stands still and then start the whole 'making him run' exercise all over again if he makes a move to run again?
I'm quite new to this, so I want to make sure that him and I are off to a good start to a trusting relationship. I'm just finding it a bit frustrating and am not quite sure how to 'herd' him with other strange horses around.
Thank you very much for reading my long post!