I just got my first job as a farm hand from a friend's dad. He has 1 horse and 6 mini's. 3 of which are foals and the little brown one with a star on his forhead as caught my eye, and it seems pretty mutual.
We've worked 3 LONG 5-6 hour days completely flipping this barn from the reportable state it was in. In 2 days we got all but 2 mini stalls done, and the last 2 were the WORST! (1 foot deep, at least, of just manure, piss, and shavings after shavings...)
So this morning, after day 3, we finally got to reap the rewards of a long day's work and get to know the ponies. The foal I'm in love with and I locked outself into the birthing stall and we investigated each-other. I had brought a halter and lead-rope earlier that day (Purple halter and neon rainbow lead rope!) and put it where all the ponies could see it. I used that to peek his curiosity towards me. He's still VERY wary of me, but I seem to be starting our bond. :)
Any tips? Tricks? Good bonding methods I should try?
If all goes well, I should be there every Fri-Sun to work at the barn and I'm going to TRY to make trips during the week on my own time.