I have just brought a 3 year old welsh section A pony he was rescued from the meat market and hasn't been handled much in his early years. He is good to lead on the headcollar though. He dosen't really like being touched he is ok if you just stroke his neck but going anywhere near his head and especially ears he jumps back and starts trying to get away from you. He is also very jumpy and the way he behaves suggests he was maybe not treated well before he went to the meat market. I have been working on just grooming his neck very lighlty and he is starting to like that and relax a bit. I am hoping to break him into drivining and in-hand showing but will wait intill he really starts to trust me.
Is there any tips for how to build up his trust and help calm him down?