I've made the decision to send Trojan to a trainer for a little while to be started under saddle. He's just one of those horses who needs the most experienced hand possible. And while I am doing just fine with my 2 other green horses, I just don't have the patience to get him started at the moment.
He has quite the dubious past and was certainly not a trusting horse when I first got him. He has come along a bit, in that I can handle him much more casually now. I can pick up all 4 feet without him trying to kick me, he'll stand nicely for the farrier, I can touch his face and ears, etc etc. He is still terribly whip shy and would much rather run at a hundred miles an hour around the roundyard then let me put the saddle blanket on him. He's even terrified of his rug. Not so much once it is on, but getting it off and on is quite the task.
Anyway, I have been in contact with a training ranch that has a great name and they have invited me to come out and have a look at the way they work and their facilities, to make sure that Trojan and they will work well together. Now it is just a matter of saving up the money! I will continue to work on his basic ground manners, desensitising a bit and yielding while I accumulate funds and then the boy is off to get his issues sorted!