Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: southern Mississippi
hello and welsome to the forum
I'm not very familur with paint horses which is what im assuming we are talking about. I'd say if the horse is kind and gentle just start training him correctly with longing in all 3 gates and then he needs to learn the words for "walk trot and lope or gallop stop slow" from the ground, after you have this you can work with side reigns and then and only then srtart working on backing him.
this is how i work with my horses and I have very few problems IF i don't skip through the basics. as my Mentor Jane Savoie says "first you have to teach the horse his ABCs then you can use that to form words like "TroT" or STOP.
after you can stop safely then you start putting letters to make words and words to make sentences. like "com onto the bit".
I personally would just take your young/inexperienced horse through the steps and i'm sure hell be fine :)
"Action cures Fear, take a small risk every day". Jane Savoie