Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
More time. Jioning up properly with certain horses can take quite awhile, especially if they are not used to people, ropes, or sudden actions.
Every time he backs off, get after him and do not let him come in until his head is down, licking his lips, ears on you: submitting to you.
Some horses, if they are smart, will learn that if they stop running and come to you that you will stop chasing them but this is not submission, this is just the animal outsmarting you.
Make sure he is giving you signs every time you let him in.
Make sure you bring a rope with you too so that he gets used to the sight.
If you can get a halter/rope on him even better.
Just doing joinup and hoping he will come around will take awhile. Sometimes you need to physically force them to stop running/avoiding certain things so that they can get used to it, expecially if they have a strong flight instinct.
"Don't run away; turn and face and access the situation."
I'm not saying it's impossible, just that it may take longer than you hoped to get him to the point where he will just allow you to put the halter on and pet him all over.
Just take your time, little by little and always end on a good note.
Again, if he backs away you can try turning and walking from him to draw him in but if that doesn't work, then make him move away from you. Don't put up with his uncertainties.
"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly." www.wildestheartart.com