The paddock is about 1/2 acre and he just continually runs from me and hides behind the other mare. I tried for over an hour the first night and 1-1/2 hours the second night. Using methods I read about but nothing works not even treats. I told the trainer about it and he got his four wheeler and chased him until he wore out (30 minutes). He was able to catch him and then just fed him and let him go. But when I go back out tonight I can't catch him.
There isn't a horse on the planet that will continue to allow itself to be caught, if all that happens is work work work.
Great plan on the trainer's part to over heat the horse by running it for 30 minutes with the 4-wheeler. NOT.
P-poor excuse for a trainer. If the horse suddenly "now comes up lame", blame it on that genius idea - depending how hot the horse got, it could possibly get laminitis.
I don't have any pearls of wisdom except to stop wanting to work the horse every single time you see the horse. Yours is a very common problem with new horse owners.
Until you set aside time with the horse to do nothing but BE with the horse, you can go thru ten horses and still have the same "can't catch" issue.
My worst horse for intimidating people and not wanting to work oftentimes comes to me, at the manure dump in the far section of his 20 acre pasture. He will politely wait for me to finish my chores and come to him. He gets cookies and a face massage.
He doesn't ask every day and I don't offer every day. I can catch that horse anytime I NEED him for something. That is because, while he always gets a treat, he never knows which time I want him for something and which time I want him for nothing--------