Hey all! I have a 3-going-on-4 year old mustang gelding. I got him in November from a friend that got him from a friend (in a game of cards...no, seriously!) The original owner had him on a meat-market truck and beat him to get him into the trailer. When I got him, he was extremely terrified of people. It took me 3 months to be able to put a halter on him, and let me tell you, that was a chore! After 4 months of owning him, and brushing him and working with him, he FINALLY took grain from my hands. I have been working on riding him, and he has learned to accept me on his back with no problems. He's still a little timid, and refuses to trot on his own..but that's beyond teh point.
I am currently riding him in a halter (he's only been really ridden twice), and it's just not working very well. He doesn't take off, or do anything that young horses normally do, but he doesn't want to stop when I ask him.
I really hesitate to use a bit on him since he is still terribly mouth-shy (it was a mess to give him his wormer!) and don't know much about bosals or hackamores. I realize they use leverage, and they are only as cruel as the hands that use them... I tend to have soft hands - I want my horse to respect me, not fear me. I guess I'm curious to know what everyone else uses, and if you've trained young horses, what has worked for you.