Well, your horse will not ever "like" a halter but hopefully he will "tolerate" it.
This is sacrilege I know, but a horse biscuit, when the halter is fitted might make him look forward to it a little more.
And once he has the halter on, make a fuss of him.
Tell him what a good chap he is.
And once you have caught him, don't necessarily rush immediately to walk back to the barn. Talk to him for a moment or two about his day. Then "ask" him to follow you - don't yank on the lead rein.
It is your relationship with the horse which counts.
Are you wearing the same clothes?
Have you put on some powerful perfume that he doesn't recognise?
Has he recognised your voice?
You must appear to be familiar.
The horse recognises you by: sound, smell, body language, walk, routine - he does not just rely on sight.
Familiarity is everything. Just be nice to him - every time.
And never ever get angry because he plays up - he can run a lot faster than you.
You have to work on it. If he likes you, then he will be pleased to see you. You have to make him like you.
If you can get close enough, then you could try a lead rein round his neck - but it is not the best option at this stage - he might start to keep his distance from you.
It is all a mind game and hopefully you have the better intelligence. But never ever get angry nor rough with the creature - he'll remember.
It is like fishing - you've just got to find the right bait.
Last edited by xxBarry Godden; 10-11-2009 at 03:11 PM.