I have had experience with joining up with 4 different horses, and have no qualms with it or the process. It's quite enjoyable at the end, and is worth the effort. ...the small 8x8ish "stalls"
I don't know if you read my post under 'join up' but I think it's important to consider those points before doing it & I don't know that I'd do it with such a fearful animal. If it's only enjoyable 'at the end' and takes a lot of effort, you may want to consider different ways of going about it too. Yes, 8x8 is a wee bit small!
How about elec fence tape(not connected) & some tread-ins? That wouldn't cost you much at all, if you don't have them already. This being a lot less enclosed is also less confronting than solid fences too.
I am wary of treats because it's so hard to differentiate between a treat and a bribe, and I don't want him to feel like I'm bribing him. I also want to make sure I don't spoil him. One of my cousins lost a chunk of skin because he spoiled his horse and it got nippy and full out bit him when he didn't bring it a treat. But if I do go about giving him treats, what do you guys suggest?
I should have included in the last post learning the *principles* of c/t will help you understand how to be more effective with *any* kind of training. The big difference between a bribe/lure and positive reinforcement/reward is that a lure comes before the desired behaviour, to motivate the animal and the +R is given at the time of(or immediately following) the Right behaviour, to strengthen it.
I don't think luring is a bad 'tool' to have in your kit, but it is limited & while I might sometimes use it to get a new behaviour started, I don't continue doing this for long. It can also be helpful to create/change associations from Bad to Good.
I don't think it's the food that makes a horse nippy - it's just a strong +R. It's people not paying enough attention to *what behaviour* they're reinforcing. You don't EVER reinforce a horse for 'rude' behaviour & instead you reinforce the horse for conflicting 'polite' behaviour, such as back up a step & lower your head.
If you're going to use food treats for training, you're going to be giving a lot of them, but each reward only needs to be tiny(bonus ones can be bigger
). But I'd use something healthy. I use the pelleted feed supplement they get otherwise anyway, or diced carrot or such.