How to gain your horses trust
I have had Lakota now for about 3 weeks, he was a track pony here in Phoenix, I got him directly off the track his previous owner had no more use for him because of an injury to his collateral ligament.
Anyways, since, I cannot ride him yet, all I can do is walk him, which he doesn't do very well, he is a little spooky, maybe it's his new surroundings. Yesterday he reared up on me, when I was taking him to his pen. It seems that after we go for our short walk and we are coming home he wants to walk faster to get back in his pen. Which is another one of his issues.
But back to my original thought. What is the best way for me to gain his trust. Is it to sit quietly in or next to his pen. Should I be talking to him, so he recgonizes my voice. Or go out there and brush and touch him as much as possible. When I approach his pen, he practically ignores me. I have to walk around his pen, so that I am facing him. The only time he really interacts with me is if I am giving him a treat, which I know I can't do that all the time.