I have had Biscuit 2 and a half years. When I first got him he didn't trust me and it was a little difficult to catch him for about a month or so. Difficult meaning I hid a baling twine, offered a treat and once it was on his neck he stopped and was haltered.
Later when he would see me come down the ranch road with the trailer he would walk sometimes run to the other side of his 3 to 4 acre pasture but when I would walk across the pasture he was no trouble catching at all.
I have have been having a severe health issue and had back surgery 3 weeks ago. 3 weeks prior to my surgery I went out to catch Biscuit and he kept running circles around me, would come in licking his lips but would run off when I tried to catch him. This lasted for an hour and 10 minutes and I had to get one of the barn employees to help me catch him. Once he stopped "playing" he was a doll when the halter was on and a joy to ride that day. Next week, I went down there on the Gator and he came trotting up to me. The following week, for my last ride before surgery, I went down on the Gator and he was like "you got me with that trick LAST week sister" and he ran/lounged himself around me. My hubby came out and Biscuit ran over to him and Barry slipped his belt around his neck. Biscuit was good as gold.
So-I didn't go to the barn for 3 weeks because of spinal stenosis surgery. Both horses came running to see me Saturday when I finally was able to get out there. Went yesterday to see them and he was right up next to me friendly as can be. Today - farrier is there and I go out there and Biscuit has a huge area over his eye without hair. I was petting his face and went to reach up to look at it better and he jerked his head up and hauled his butt off. Could NOT catch him. Me, the barn manager and farrier all tried. I offered treats, feed, etc. He would come close enough for me to pet his face but when he saw the halter or lead rope he would take off.
Since I had this surgery and am in a back brace, I am in no position to do to much. My surgeon would probably have had a cow if he'd seen me out there.
Sorry for the novel but this is new behavior for this horse. He is sweet as pie, comes in licking his lips and if I gave up and headed for the gate he'd canter/trot up to follow me. But not let me catch him. Ugh.
How can I change this dynamic? I don't have the "legs" to chase him. My balance is horrible right now due to this back issue. How do I stop this in its tracks and get back to the horse that I can catch anywhere, any time. A cookie and latte for those who read this novelette.20130508_113352(1).jpg