I am trying to establish a bond with my new horse, I want to do Monty Roberts 'Join-up' on him. It is hard because he disregards me! At first, when we start, I will get him running around, then he will put an ear on me, but then he will take it off and ignore me, then put it back on me.
How do I make his attention stay focused on me? Oh do I make myself important in his eyes?
I do this with rescue/ remedial horses, and it is easier because they are unsure of me, and keep their attention on me. But my gelding disregards me all together sometimes. I am working with a trainer, but I know that the trainer can train the horse to do whatever he wants, and the horse will listen to him. But, he won't listen to me until he realizes I am important like the trainer is.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. How can I be more assertive, and get the horse to respect me, as he is really smart.