Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
When I bought my horse the previous owner said he was difficult to catch and best to keep alone I thought she was being ridiculous and I turned him out with the herd and he wouldn't let me catch him. To be honest walking a horse down every day would drive me nuts. We sort of herded him into a yard and then moved him into a round yard with water but not feed.
Every couple hours I'd go out with feed, catch him, treat him, feed him and then let him go. If he didn't want to be caught he could run until he did. He started to look forward to my visits a lot because he was bored and lonely. After a day or two of that I moved him into an arena sized paddock. There was a little grass but he was already looking forward to see me with my carrot, grooming and walks around the property. After a day or two where he would trot over to me I turned him out in a bigger paddock, alone, and then added horses.
Two years on he comes running even on 30 acres or bigger. Walking them down will wear them out eventually, but getting them to rely on you will make them look forward to your visits.
I think you know that getting a green horse for you wasn't a good idea. Honestly I think you're going to run into more problems as you go on. She is a green and dominant mare - possibly the worst combination for a first horse. Even if she does do what you say on the ground does not neccisarily mean you are the leader, just that you haven't made her do things she doesn't want to do yet. You're not even going into the problems that might pop up once you get into riding.
As others have said, contact a trainer for help or perhaps consider returning her and making a suitable horse.