Join Date: May 2009
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I think the approach and retreat idea will do wonders...but I disagree with the treats idea. As a youngster gaining trust, he may already develop what I call "busy lips". You don't want to encourage this and through my experience, Welsh Ponies already HAVE busy lips! Find something he likes, such as a pat on the neck, and make THAT the reward to allowing you to touch his cheek or other part of his body. You don't want him learning to grab at your hands as soon as he's done something "good". Youngsters get excited over treats and the main idea here is to keep him calm. Sure, give him some grain and cookies AFTER out of a pan, but hand feeding treats (in most cases) at such a young age might cause problems later.
Is he gelded? That would be one of the first things to do...meat market ponies, in my opinion, are NOT breeding animals. That's not to say that none of them should be bred, some people are just dumb and send anything to auction...but as a rule of thumb, don't breed him if he's in tact. If he were a breedworthy stallion, he wouldn't have ended up at a meat market...
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