Well.. where to begin! I bought a 2 year old irish sport horse gelding about three months ago. He had never really had any handling and had spent his days living out and not often seeing any people. I kept him in a stable for the first month I had him, handling him everyday, walking him down the yard and generally getting to know him. I saw a huge improvement in him. For the first few days he wouldn't let me near him and then after a few days he started coming over to me, taking feed out of my hand and letting my rub him. One problem though... he doesn't trust anyone except for me!! When anyone else comes near him he just steps back and snorts at them. I've tried getting my mother and boyfriend to go in and try feed him and rub him but I can see he isn't comfortable with either of them. He's very jumpy when others are near him but with me he's perfect! Any ideas on how to get him more used to other people?? The owner of the yard I keep him in said 'just break him!' but personally I feel its too early to start breaking him.
Another issue I had with him is that he learned to get away from me. To cut a long story short I brought him out for some grass one day, me holding the lungeline and letting him just graze as he wished. He then got a fright when something moved in the trees and galloped! Of course I tried by best to hold him but ended up letting him go. Everyday after that he just kept doing this! As soon as I would take him out of the stable he'd gallop up the yard and I couldn't hold him - yes I know very dangerous!! It eventually got to the stage where I couldn't take him out of the stable. I then got my boyfriend and myself to bring him out and we managed to hold him! We've done this a few times and he's never got away since but he does still try. I even tried bringing him out with a bit in his mouth but he still fought against me. This is really annoying because I don't have someone strong to hold him everyday and i'm scared that if I try bring him out myself he'll start all this again! So any tips?? Thanks in advance!