Welcome to the wonderful world of horses! You are in for quite a ride young lady....... Most inexpirienced riders start out working with and taking lessons on well broke horses- your doing what I did- green horse ( or re-greened maybe lol) green rider. I got my Salem when he was just a baby and had to break him myself while all I really knew was how to take care of a horse, not train or ride properly. Keep in mind that everytime your interact with Comet, you are teaching him things. If you pull him to walk with you, he stops and you dont get him moving, he just learned that he can make you change your mind if he resists. I HUGLY agree about volunteering at a rescue!!!! I always say new horse ppl should work in a barn before they get a horse because its incredibly difficult to be prepared for the enormity of what you are taking on without seeing it firsthand. Having a horse requires time- training a horse requires A LOT of time. Hands-on IS always better. And any rescue will be HAPPY to have help as it saves them from having to spend money that could be helping another horse on labor- your basicaly donating and then everybody wins :) You really do need to get a vet chk done, just to make sure he is sound and there are no issues you need to be aware of. You will also need a trainer of some sort. No amount of books or vids in the world will be able to help you develope your "feel" for a horse and you need that. Plus, different horses react differently to things, so when your horse doesnt do what the horse in the video did, your sorta up ****s creek lol Overall, just stay calm, dont get frustrated and try to spend time with Comet doing things HE likes- getting scratched and rubbed, things like that. I would avoid feeding him treats by hand for now, I wont explain why cause this reply is already too long but trust me on that one
My horse is like my leg- if I lost it, I would probably not die, but I would never be the same, never be complete.