I just wanted to give you some hope. When I bought my horse last year, we went through a terrible phase where she would refuse to be caught. It was awful. Everytime I walked up to her, she would run away. I would get so frustrated.
I would eventually give up and she would win.
One day, I decided she wasn't going to win anymore. I followed her all over the field. Sometimes I ran after her, most of the time I just walked. It took about 40 minutes, but eventually she got tired of running away from me and wanted to rest.
That was the last time she ran away from me.
Since then, we have reached the point where she comes when I call her. I think she had been associating me with work. So, I started letting her out once or twice a week to just graze on the better grass outside the arena. Or, I would bring her out just to groom her. Sometimes I just brought her out and sat in a chair beside her as she grazed.
I soon found if I entered her field and called her name, wherever she was, her head would come up and she would look for me. I acknowledged that with a very excited voice. She seems to like my excited voice....some horses may not, but she knows I am happy when I use that voice. So, I called her...kind of like you would call a dog and she came running.
She comes every single time I call her now. She knows when she reaches me she gets a rub and a hug and she knows there is good grass outside her pasture fence. She has no issues leaving her buddies to come and be with me.
If you had told me over a year ago that we would be at this point, I never would believe it.
Here is a video of her running to me this winter. Like I said, the voice I use isn't for everybody but it works for her!