I've always worked with horses; since I was 10 I've worked with problem & green horses. My first horse was a green four year old mare. So i've had experience with training horses, but never really started and trained a horse all by myself, until my friend's mom told me she needed help with her barn and that she had a four year old untrained chincoteague gelding.
Harley was untouched, not halter broken, hard to catch, and... four. The only good factors were that he was small (13hh or less) and a gelding. After like an hour of trying to catch him, I started doing basic trust excersizes with him like the parelli friendly game and worked with halter breaking him. After about a week I'd already saddled him and mounted him. Now, two months later, he has attended the farm's pony camp where he experienced flags, streamers, big scary barrels and baths and he was amazing. He acted like he had done it all his life! During the exhibition where the campers showed what they learned to there parents, Harley practically fell asleep! And there were cars everywhere, shiny stuff, flashing cameras, yelling kids etc. He was amazing.
So far, he's only walked and trotted because I can't get out to the farm a lot. What erks me is the lady doesnt touch him. She leaves everything to me. I feel bad because he's this amazing little horsie and he's left waiting for me in a paddock all day.
My question is: If he doesnt get consistent work outs and training sessions, will he lose anything?
I know that no handling is better than bad handling, but I'm worried that I'll have to start over again...