On Thursday he wouldn't stand still for me to catch him. I did nothing abnormally but he kept walking or trotting away from me. Each time I did I'd whirl the lead rope around and make him go (thinking that if I made him work that he'd let me catch him) but again he wouldn't. Finally I took Hannah (the horse that he is in with) and lead her around and then he let me catch him.
And the other day he was bad also, but again after I lead Hannah around he was okay (though he did not look happy lol).
Today I didn't have that much of a problem, but he still wanted to go away from me.
I've done work in the arena and so on with him, it's JUST when he's in the field that he won't come (or let me catch him).
Is it wrong to give him a treat each and every time he lets me? I've been carrying horse cookies in the pasture with me and I'll make him follow me. And every 10-20 steps I'll stop, and give him a cookie. Or I'll give him one right before I put the lead rope in and so on. Is that something I shouldn't be doing?
I don't know what has really gotten into him lately.
If I let him loose in the arena, and go to catch him, he's fine he'll stand....
Any ideas on what could be bothering him? Other ways of teaching him it's a GOOD thing to come to me or at least stand still lol?