06-21-2013, 12:55 AM
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Do you have another horse? At his age it would be fine to pony him along while you're riding and it would teach him a lot.
Other things you could do:
Set up an obstacle course to lead him through.
Work on getting him used to strange sights and sounds. Plastic water bottles, cell phone ringing, taking a rain slicker off and on (of you), piece of trash blowing along the ground, lawn mowers running, kids on bicycles or skateboards, the different things you can do on this is limitless.
Use voice commands on the ground for walk, trot, whoa, and back which will help when you start riding.
If you plan on riding him shod get him used to holding his feet up for longer periods of time and start tapping on the bottom of his feet with your hoofpick, or small hammer if you have one.
Take him for walks outside of his comfort zone.