One word: GROUNDWORK! Seriously, I did nothing but groundwork with Aires for two straight months (actually, almost three since I was just cleared to ride again about two weeks ago). Lunging, going on trail walks (saddled him up and walked the local trails with him, no joke), that sort of thing. It all builds trust. Now, if I could just get him to trust me that the fly spray bottle is NOT going to eat him, we'd be golden!
But yes, I love love love groundwork :) Any tips for us?
And yeah I did handwalk him through the entire boarding facility the first week and a half, and lunged him in random places.. he's just such a spookster. I should handwalk him on the trails.. a few ladies were going to do the same with their horses.. we'll see if it actually happens
Also, a disclaimer about pics of me riding when they come. I may look a bit awkward and maybe even a wee bit nervous. Just remember what has happened in the last month and be a little forgiving.
As for the buyers... yuck I hate pushy people. Everyone always prods about my horse and I just say "he's mine and that's that."
Yay flymask boy :) He seems to be proud of it!