Originally Posted by paintedpastures
I rarely have trouble with catching a horse. If I do get one with I don't want to be caught today attitude I just start walking them down,they know...oh she's not going away & give up pretty quick
. In a herd situation I also find it works to chase them away from herd,they will keep circling trying to come back to the security of herd,so you push them away a few times they become submissive pretty quick to be welcomed back
This works especially well if you throw down a bit of hay, just a few handfuls, and allow the herd to come nibble, but work on keeping your hard to catch horse away from the hay. He will try to get in and join the herd, but you keep him away, while giving handfuls of hay to the other horses. Eventually, he'll signal "ok, catch me". Then you go catch him and you can give him a handful of the hay (put it on the ground for him), if you like. I have used this a few times if the horse I want is willing to play "catch me if you can" and it would mean walking him down on 30 acres.