Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Charlottesville VA
This sounds like me and my Yorkies! I know, a horse is a lot bigger, but my little Yorkies run all over me, and your new grade horse is doing the same to you! The things that might get you mad that I am reading, from you, sorry don't mean to be mean, is that you started out with a horse that you could catch, and then they decided you weren't going to. Well, when you used treats, did you use a variable ratio of reinforcement? That's the strongest pull to repeat a behavior. Offer the treat, get them to you, and don't always give the treat out. It's the way Vegas gets you with slot machines, they let you win once, and then you play because you might think you will again, but you might never.
Okay, so my take is to sell this horse, and then get a trainer to train YOU.