Originally Posted by eclipseranch
In all seriousness & your safety....if you have to ask the question then I would highly recommend hiring a trainer.
I can see anyone asking the question the op asked though... She wasn't saying, "I have this 2 year old, now how do I start him?"
Just asking how everyone on here does it. She might already know how to train, or she might not have a young horse that needs trained anyway.
You can't tell from the 1st post on here, but maybe there's more back story I don't know.
I've only started one horse from the ground up, and helped retrain a few others, but the biggest thing I always start with is making sure the horse has the right attitude on the ground before getting on. In a calm, thinking frame of mind. It makes worlds of difference. Some horses get into fight or flight mode very easily and they don't learn anything that way. Same thing for those horses that tend to be pushy and obnoxious, you want them in a very giving attitude before you get on.