02-09-2013, 11:46 PM
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So...what's your training level?
If you know what you are doing and want to build a good relationship with him, ride him. If you need training yourself, start with the ground work.
Sorry, that was a little facetious. If your confidence is a little lacking, starting with groundwork is the right thing to do.
I would start with grooming. Brush him down very well, every inch, for a long session, including hoof cleaning. Do that before and after each training session.
Then I would work on leading. He should walk at hour shoulder or a hair behind. If he walks out ahead of you, pull him around in a tight circle...every time. If he walks behind, give him a jerk on the lead until he gets back up to you. Use a stiff rope halter with nose knots and a knot at the poll.
Then go to teaching him to give to pressure on his nose to backup and to flex his neck to both sides.
Then start longeing him. There's lots of information around on the rest.
That's what I would do. I agree with the previous poster as well. I like Clinton Anderson's methodology.