Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
To be honest I think you might have similar problems with any horse you get, eventually. Solve your issues with this horse and if you still don't like him, you will have learned something you can use with the next horse. My horse is also smart and will test me more or less all the time in tiny ways. There's no coasting with her, and that's okay with me.
Look up some threads about catching horses. There are a number of methods but the one that seems to work best for me is "make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard"; bring a longe whip with you and if he doesn't stand for the halter, turn 'catching' into 'free longing'. Keep him moving until he asks to stop, with his attention on you. It's different than just tuning you out. Don't chase him, this isn't punitive. Stay cheerful and upbeat. Just keep him moving (the mare will quickly learn you aren't asking anything of her and will ignore you). Get between him and the mare, that's his comfort spot, with her. When he asks to stand still, move in with the halter. If he takes off again, do the same thing. The first time may be a long session but they'll get shorter.
When you do catch him, feed him a treat once he's haltered, and then let him go. Repeat.
My horse learned this trick and it took awhile to stop. Thought it had disappeared, and then someone else chased her around trying to catch her a few times without my knowledge, and now she's regressed. I'll fix it again. That's the way horses are, they don't stay obedient and in tune with you, without your working on it. All the time. That's just how animals are. At least all the ones I've ever met.
Short horse lover