Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
When faced with a hard to catch horse I try to isolate it, usually in a roundyard or somewhere else safe. I then go catch it every hour or so, haltering it, giving it a piece of carrot and then letting it go. The aim is for the horse to associate the owner with pleasant things, rather than just work, or being taken from the paddock.
After a day or three the horse should come up to you when you approach the yard. At that point I turn them out somewhere arena sized and go through the same process, then I turned them out on 5 acres or so - alone, repeated process. Then turned out with other horses.
Especially in the beginning it's important to maintain that catching does not equal work. So just go into the paddock catch the horse, give them a carrot, then let them go every now and then.
I keep my horse turned out 24/7, and that is what I believe is best, however in many circumstances stalls are useful - you just have to find out what works for you.