New horses will always test you. My horse used to test me for the first six months I rode him as my main horse - every now and then he still does but usually he behaves very nicely for me.
Your horse needs to have someone he can trust and look forward to being with. You both need to give each other respect - in or out of the pasture.
Any horse will love anyone who brushes him and gives him treats - treats don't work, they will eventually spoil a horse sometimes and become treaty ;)
It does take time, as well as small techniques. But mostly it just takes time - how much time? It could be from a week to maybe even three years. You won't always bond with every horse you have - every horse is different.
Always respect your horse, ask him to walk up to him in his pasture, let him walk to you when you are trying to catch him.
Make all the exercises fun and have tons of variety in warm ups and riding.
Horse's will get bored with the same thing over and over again.
Don't do the same thing the same way each tie you go out.
If you bring him out, let him eat, then brush him then work him then saddle up and ride - then the next day brush him let him eat, saddle up, warm ups, ride, let him eat.
When riding always have obstacles around and make sure you can change it up each time you ride.
At my place there are barrels and logs, so every day I move the barrels and logs into a new position - after I have ridden him through the way they were set up before. When I do move them, I let my horse walk freely as he pleases - and every time my horse, Brisco, follows me and sniffs everything I touch and move.... I have no idea why.
But make your horse WANT to be with you, not HAVE to be with you.
Bring him out o his pasture and put in the the round pen or arena and let him free. Then as you get the saddle and brushed out, let him free. When you are ready to brush him, catch him with respect from both you and your horse and let him eat while you brush him or something.
When I tie my horse to brush him, I always put him at least six feet away from the tack box and saddle. I always walk away from him, grab a brush, brush him, walk away and grab a new one, brush him, etc.
A few days ago, each time I came back with a new brush Brisco let out a little low huh-huh-huh- nicker, it was so funny and cute!!
But it takes time, patience, respect, love, and time. (yes, I did mean to write time twice ;) )
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