Thanks for the sugestion Saddlebag, however we are not quite at that point yet. I can't rub him with my hand, nevermind a rope. If he doesnt make some fairly quick progress I may have to sedate him to trim his feet, althought they will be ok for a few weeks. If he does get sedated I may put a halter on at that point. We dewormed him by putting small amounts of paste in his feed over a few days. He will be wormed again with a different wormer when the herd gets wormed in march
It sounds like you have some decent experience in being able to work with this guy so this "combination" is not really any different. They all respond to similar basics whether he is a un-handled Quarter Horse, Mustang or Clydesdale. VERY Handsome, good for you for taking him. I picked up a very un-handled painted saddle horse a few weeks back. He has a halter on thank-goodness but it took about two weeks to be able to catch that halter. Similar situation, he is very sweet and cooperative, followed me around from a distance but did not want to be touched. It just took time. He watched the other horses being handled and groomed, got used to regular feeding times. I would sit in his pen and chat with him or let him follow me around and keep my back to him with a hand extended out for him to sniff, that sort of thing. When I did get ahold of him it was just to pet then let go again so that he got used to you come, you go. Grain and treats help to :) But the biggest help I have had in this type of horse is talking, I just chat away. Not sure why but they all seem quite interested and at ease.
Another thing though is don't over use the treats... my mom learned from that mistake... she is was treat happy with her horses and now you can't catch them un less you are wearing the coat she wore all the time and they smell the treats in your pockets.... it was a nightmare!
He must have been handled some at some point because at least in the pictures, his feet don't look too bad. He is absolutely gorgeous :) I adopted a PMU colt who was pretty fearful, would flee across the pen and try to jump out. Within a week of just hanging out with him and sitting there reading, chatting, scratching when we could, he became a big pocket pony :) He's now an 18 hd. Amazing hunk of horse! All of my horse friends admire and love him for how sweet and calm he is :) Goodluck with your boy :)
Thanks for all the coments everyone. We havent quite got to the petting stage yet, and with this crazy weather the footing isnt good enough for any round pen work. He will choose to come stand with you if you are in his corral. Thanks for the necouraging story Danastark :)