He's just playing games. They will do that, arabs especially. They're very smart, and like to push your buttons, I think. He might be bored, and want to play with you. We had an arab like that, he started up playing hard to get, and I'm not big on running them down. I just don't like it - if it works for you, good for you, but it's not my thing. What did work for me, was that I went out like I was going somewhere else entirely and ignored him. He couldn't stand it after a few minutes, and had to come see what the hell I was doing.
Thanks for everyones help, I just don't understand his behavior,either.He may be trying to play but I think its more of, the more I run she wont chase me and I get out of work, but like I said its not always work,so.....
And most of the time no matter how long it takes me to catch him I will get him and go do whatever I was going to do.
My horse does this to. I never keep her halter on because it rubs hair off. What I do is go out with halter and lead rope in hand, and a treat. Once she is interested in the treat (usually a carrot so she see's the orange from far away) I put the rope around her neck, tight enough so she can't run away, and halter her.
I don't really have any ideas for you. But I can tell you what works with me. I will call my horse and try and get him to come over. He used to just stare at me and slowly walk away. I knew right then and there that I didn't want him to be one of those horses that ran away from me when I came into the field.
I actually started walking up to him when he turned away or moved from me. I just walked away from him. When he stopped, I would walk back over to him. If he turned away again, I would stop and turn away from him.
He would actually get upset that I was ignoring him and would come over to me instead.
Now, I go into the field, call his name. He looks at me, I look at him. If he doesn't come, I just walk away to the gate. He follows me right out of the gate and waits for me.
Good luck with your boy. I hope you can find the answer for him.