Originally Posted by Aiya
Simon is only 3 and I've been doing a lot of groundwork exercises and just spending time with him so we can bond. I would just bring him into the arena and play around, walk over the bridge, play with a tarp and a big ball, weave through cones, etc. Going on in-hand trail "rides" is a lot of fun too!
I just made everything fun and showed him that nothing is really scary if he trusts me! Once your horse trusts you, they will do anything you ask because they know nothing will hurt them! Simon was so easy to break because of all of our groundwork, I just sat on him and off we went like he'd been doing it for years :)
Aw, that's cool! I don't have to worry about starting him, thank goodness, but he definitely needs training. It would be nice if I had somewhere to bring him that didn't have grass so there were no distractions. How long did it take him to actually trust you?