I got my horse, Luka, 8 days ago. The first 2 times I went to get him out he let me walk right up to him. The past 2 times tho he has ran away. Today it took me about 20 minutes of us both running for me to catch him. He is boarded on 20 acres so he has a lot of places to run. I don't want to scare him but I don't want him to think that he is the boss. After I caught him I sat in the field with him for awhile so he could realize that I'm not going to catch him then promptly yank him out of the field. I did lunge him because he was being really stubborn when I was trying to lead him and I also he is used to a lot of exercise so I wanted to keep that up. Once I had him out of the field I let him wander around (while I had the lead rope) and eat for awhile then I groomed him then did some basic groundwork while rewarding him with alfalfa cubes. I spent about 30 minutes calling him over to me and whenever he even took a few steps towards me I rewarded him. Then I turned him out and after he wandered some distance away from me I walked up to him several times and rewarded him with pets and alfalfa cubes.
Is anything I am doing counter-productive? Next time I go to catch him I am thinking about bringing alfalfa cubes out to the field with me. I also want to try clicker training. I don't want him to come to me only because of food tho.
Any advice? Opinions??