I have had my horse for 3.5 years now and catching him has never been a real issue, apart from the odd occasion when he can be a little cheeky being caught. However, for the part week or so, he REFUSES to come in! It has got the point where I have changed my routine because I simply do not have the time to persevere and I have only managed to get him in to ride once this week.
It hasn't got to the point where I am leaving him out all night because since he has been like this, I have managed to get him in eventually. He needs to come in at night as we do not have a lot of grass and I think if I did leave him out all night, I would never be able to catch him ever again!
I am trying to figure out why he suddenly is acting like this... I can't think of a logical reason why because when I do eventually bring him in, he is perfectly happy to be ridden and is sound in every way. He is also eating hay at night, so it's not like he doesn't get food in his stable.
Has anyone else had a perfectly well behaved horse suddenly turn like this and not be caught? Did you ever get to the bottom of what was causing it?
In the mean time, any catching techniques for a naughty horse?
P.s. He put his foot through his bucket the night before last which is very out of character for him too.