I have a 3 year old MFT gelding that has been put in my care to train. When we got him it took 5 days just to halter him. He was born, barely messed with then at a year and a half old, halter was put on and he was taken to the vet to be gelded. Until 3 and a half weeks ago this horse knew nothing.
Was fearful, pulled back, spooked at anything and everything. Wouldn't let someone catch him, would jump at the sound of someone patting him. Was just a over all, untouched 3 year old scared horse, would even spook at the sound of someone talking right next to him.
Now, he is green broke and has been for about 2 weeks. He learns amazingly fast. You can teach him something one day, or begin to teach him something one day. He may not get it the first day, but you'll come back the second day and he'll be doing it almost perfectly.
He is moving off leg pressure to turn, neck reins, backs under-saddle, pivots some, uses kisses to go, when I sit deep in the seat and say ho he stops right on. He picks up all four feet, stands for the farrier, ties nicely and is okay with baths, lunges, yields his hindquarters, flexes in the neck and saddle very nicely and stands to be mounted. He has very good ground manners and has good saddle manners as of now. He never once over to kick or buck. Rearing is a different story, while teaching him how to back he reared once then reared again on the second day of trying it. But now backs like he's been doing it forever.
Tomorrow I'm taking him on his first ever trail ride. With a seasoned none spooking trail companion. He will be one of those spooks and bolts horses. No doubt in my head he'll be one of those. His owner wants wet saddle pads and I intend to give him that.
This horse has really taught me, that if a horse trust you they'll let you do anything.
Advice for the first trail ride? I know, no stopping to smell, look or anything like that. Keep his attention on me or try to keep it on me at all times.