I am new here and looking for help with a pony I just bought. I got this beautiful bay pony, 13.3 hands, 15 yr old gelding from the local horse auction. He is really well trained. Neck reins, lunges great, leads well and is wonderful to handle and work with other than once he's loose in the pasture, he can't be caught. He is really afraid of people and runs away from everyone. I believe this pony has been abused or roughly handled and scared to death. He has a scar at the bottom of one ear where it looks like he was twitched by it and he has a big nasty brand of three Rs on his butt. I think he was twitched when he was branded. He wants to trust me and is friendly once I get hold of him. He will come to me sometimes but other times, he will run away. He is somewhat head shy if you move too fast towards his ears. I rode him for the first time yesterday. He's only been here two days so far. He tried to buck once but I stopped him and he didnt try it again. He has a really high energy and moves quickly. He would make a wonderful game pony as he has a great turn on him. I don't know why he tried to buck, cause he didnt with the other owner but he may be testing me. He tried it when I squeezed him for a trot from the walk. I have been keeping him in a small corral in front of my barn so that he will get used to me catching him. I feel he needs more handling and less freedom for a while. I do take him out to lunge him for exercise. Is this the best way to handle this problem he has? What else should I do to get him to get over his past abuse and learn to trust again? I let him loose in my arena one day and it took over two hours to catch him. I don't want to go through that all the time. I would appreciate any help with him, Thanks!