My new horse arrived about 2 weeks ago and yesterday was the first time I rode him. I have been taking things slowly with him, letting him settle in etc and don't want to rush him or dent my confidence.
It was quite a short ride and went pretty well although he was a little nervous about leaving his new friends. I am really keen to establish a good bond on the ground as a previous trial situation with another horse the same age as Zander (6 years old) did not go well and I got dumped twice quite badly in the two weeks I had him. Their personalities could not be more different but I am still aware that he is a young horse and so want to establish some trust with him first.
Can anyone recommend some things I can do with him on the ground, I am going to a natural horsemanship course level 1 in january that my trimmer is taking but would like to be riding before then!