Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
Yep. He decided that since you didn't have any more treats, you needed to get lost. You should have gotten after him and worn him out for that, but since you didn't, I'd carry a crop next time you go in. If he comes at you, make him realize that is a VERY bad idea.
This horse sounds like a disrespectful, lazy cuss used to being left alone. It's fixable, but it will take some commitment and learning on your part. Since you have a round pen, look into the basic groundwork methods of Chris Cox, Clinton Anderson, and Warwick Schiller. All are similar, and all start with teaching the horse respect, and at the same time, how to work in partnership with you. This will also go a long way toward the catching issue. If you're frightened of the horse, you may need to work with a trainer to get the foundation of your relationship going in the right direction. Right now he views you as a walking vending machine. Horses figure out very quickly who can be bullied and who can't. Most likely he never tried this with the previous owner, or if he did, they got after him and he stopped.
Look at it from the horse's point of view-- he's new. He came to your place and you put him in a pen by himself. When you visit him, you pester him, but you bring him treats. He's now decided that the treats are good, but then he wants you to go away, not mess with him. He's in a new place with new people and is getting the lay of the land, and having no leader presented to him, he's decided he's in charge.