I have had my new gelding for a couple months. All I know about him.
5yrs old.Broke to ride. Came from Kansas, the also said he's hard to catch.
Which he is, But has gotten better.
When I first got him, if I'd walk out to the pasture he'd automatically walk the other way and didn't care about what anyone would be doing. Now if I walk out there he comes up and will stand around and watch me. If I go to pet him or catch him he turns away and walks off but if I 'forget it' and go back to what I was doing, he walks right back to me. He's head shy, so if I go to touch his face he ducks away. If you try to touch his side or neck he flinches but after a few tries I can usually touch him enough to catch him, sometimes though have to put him in a small pen so he can't go anywhere. Once he's caught, still all flinchy when I try to touch him and stuff of course. With his face when he ducks away I just follow him, get my hand on his head and once I am touching him he will usually lean into it for a rub and after that he will be better about his face being touched.
Touching his side and neck though he flinches every time. Ill be brushing him [soft brush] or just run my hand over him, every time I bring my hand back up to run it over him *flinch* once my hands on him he is ok.
he also has this look on his face the whole time thats just unreadable so it's weird for me because I can't tell what he's thinking about anything. strange.
He rides good. I can saddle him up. walk/trot/canter/stop hes fine. not spooky no attitude or anything.
he's never tried to be mean, either. but with his emotionless face, I don't really wanna trust him. It's kinda scary trying new things cause its like.. ''uhh are you ok with this.. orr... gunna kill me.. orrr..????''
So I can't decide if he's been abused.
He looks a lot like a mustang, to me but he doesn't have a brand and he didn't come with any papers so, maybe a mustang that had crap training? I'm going to put a pic on here.
or maybe he's just shy, since he has been coming around a little bit. maybe all of the above?
he's like 13.3-14 hands. looks a ton like this little mustang I had one time.
tips for working with him, would be awesome maybe get him some confidence somehow.