If your could get one or two people to hold him still long enough to get a halter and lead on it you could maybe make things easier for yourself in getting him used to being touched. I have had to do this before when my colt Jet was attacked by a dog he was not halter broke and he suddenly need me to be able to touch him to apply medication to his 17 stitches everyday. Before this happened he would come up to the same way your colt is coming to you I could maybe get him to check me out stiff my hand some. But he now needed shots and meds so that wasn't going to work anymore. My vet grabbed him by the ear and neck and I slipped a halter with a lead in as quick as I could. Then I let him go and I let him sit for a bit and calm down. Then once he relaxed I grabbed on to his rope and made my very slow approach to him when I went to him I didn't look at him directly but more through the side of my eye when he got a little sacred I'd stop for a bit watch his body then approach again. When I was stopped my body was angled to where my shoulder was pointing to him and was looking indirectly at him. Eventually I got to close to his nose I held my hand out with my shoulders pointing at him not really facing him and I waited for him to reach out and sniff me. Since I could hold onto him I ended the day by touching the front of his face. You sound like your touching then retreating that is good. I left a short rope on Jet after that so I could catch him I'm not a big fan of drag lines personally but I don't have a place where that would be safe anyways. I had a short rope that would fray if he mananged to snag it somewhere I didn't want him getting hung up. Anyways I'd slowly approach him everyday till you could grab the rope once I had the rope he couldn't escape so I started out just petting the face once that was going good maybe the next day I'd go for the neck and so on. I'd keep it pretty short and sweet and I'd just sit out there and pet him and rub him and talk to him each day going a little farther. Though during this I still had to scare him by putting a cleaning solution on his dog bite on his hind quarter it was a massive wound on a month old colt. And plus he had to have a antibiotic shot. So I would periodically catch him a few times a day and pet him so he didn't feel like I was always there to kill him lol. After about a week or so I could touch him all over. So the moral of the story is if you wrangle him an halter him your not going to traumatize him for life. I can't go anywhere without Jet being right next to me in the horse pasture he is better trained and mannered then many horses much older than him. When he's old enough to break to ride next summer it will be nothing to get on his back and get him going. Now if you don't want to do that you don't have to. I'd brush up on learning to join up and then you can establish a mental halter. My dunskin colt isn't entirely trusting of me so I can't always walk up and grab him so I ask him to join up and he come to me instead of me going to him. If you want to keep him loose keep working on trying to touch his face neck shoulder then maybe you can sneak a rope around his neck and grab him long enough to halter him. My need another person there to help you halter.
This isn't a training video this is me just playing around with my two yearling colts and asking them to join and follow. Maybe it could help you with the body language of the join up. When I snap its to get thier attention babies have short attention spans. When I lose thier attention I just ask for it again. Even that dun colt who is still a little nervous about people will follow me all over that pasture if I asked him to. It takes time to figure it out but once you do you catch your horse even when they don't want you to. My adult horses are on fifteen acres and occasionally they won't let me catch them so we do the join up exercise and then I can catch them. If may take me asking a few times but it ends with then coming with me
. Hope this helps the video was taken with my iPhone with it sitting on my gate. http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...7B5C738A5A.mp4 Posted via Mobile Device