I am going to jump right in and I will try to make it brief. I am working with and amazing little peruvian paso. He is beautiful and amazingly responsive once he has been caught. He is 10 years old and wasn't started under saddle or even worked with at all until he was eight. Many people tried to "break" him the traditional way, failed, and gave up on him. These people left him traumatized and seeing people with much trepidation. Finally, his owner, who is also the owner of the ranch, hired a natural horsemanship trainer to work with him. That this trainer did, and this poor little guy improved quickly I am told. The owner doesn't know much about horses, he is merely a business man that only has half a clue. After six months of this NH training, he stopped it. He said the horse didn't need it anymore.
That was six months ago, and since then, this horse hasn't gotten out of his paddock more than twice and that was to be galloped on the trails. :( By the way, he lives with another peruvian paso who is slightly more confident.
Three months ago I arrived at this ranch from a terrible cruel other stables that I had followed my instructor to(another story). I melted like I never had before when I saw him. I started to volunteer with him. I didn't try to catch him, and I couldn't even get close to him while standing in the paddock.
To make a long story short, the owner wanted money(which, as a volunteer, I wasn't giving him) so he caught the horse, tacked him, and let a girl that has very heavy hands ride him all over the trails. She has two horses of her own. I don't have my own horse. I arrived right when she was untacking and I was furious. I helped her rinse him off because she couldn't tell that he was about to bolt. She tried to release him from the tight stupid bit-less bridle and he was loose in his paddock. I finally caught him after she and her mother failed.
I was worried they would take him away from me after this incident, so I began to full lease him. I was able to catch him after taking the other horse out and using the join-up type method. Eventually, he would come to me at the gate. I would take him for jogs on the trail(me on the ground). I would play parelli games with him. He was improving so quickly. The problem was that he would jump away as soon as I took the halter off.
The owner decided to move a pony in with them, changed his mind, changed them into new paddocks, and then I got mad at him so he put them back. The damage was done and I didn't compensate for the set back. I pushed the horse too hard and let him not come to me a few to many times(i had released him into a huge round pen when he wasn't ready for another new space). He realized that I wasn't able to lead him anymore. I took me an hour to get him to come to me and let me halter him. Next day, it took me half an hour to catch him. Keep in mind he used to come to me at the gate.
That was last week. I wanted to try something new. He is a very instinctual horse still. I know we will join up eventually.
In the past, he comes, lets me touch him, and jumps away as if I'm unfaltering him. He does this if I don't halter him immediately too.
I know this takes time, but how do I get him to stick with me without a halter?
The answer to the last question will probably coincide with this one, but how do I stop him from jumping away from me?
Thanks for at least looking over the book I just wrote, and feel free to ask any detail questions of me.