Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
In addition to ground work, which is very important, you need to give him time to gain trust in you. If he has been left alone for a few years, he needs to be resocialized and come to accept you as the "alfa horse".
If you possibly can, just go in the pasture or a smaller area and sit there with a book, leave him alone and let him come to you. It may take a long time or it may happen quickly but let him initiate the exchange. Horses are social and curious animals - you just want to give him the opportunity to come to you as being his idea.
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