Hello all! I am a new member here and am hoping you fine folks can help me out. I have been around horses my whole life but have never been the one to train them. Most of the time, I have been bought an at least fairly broken horse and I ride it and we learn together. My husband is more cowpuncher than trail rider and expects me to help him work horses.
The other day another cowpuncher got a load of horses headed for the kill. One was a mare and her foal. The baby is a sweet red and white horse colt and I couldn't let them take him. So I bought him for $40 and saved him from suffering the same fate as his mother.
He's about a month old, they said. I bottle fed the first day but he didn't seem to like the calf bottle I had purchased. I read and read and read and learned that bucket feeding was the best option so we switched over to that and he took to it swimmingly.
The only problem right now is that when I go to feed him, he turns his rump to me. I know this is a bad behavior for big horses, but I don't know whether or not to try to correct it in this baby. For now, if he does that and refuses to eat, I leave and come back later and usually if he is hungry, he will come to the bucket and eat. He eats 2 1/2 to 3 pints every 6 hours or so and if I leave some Mare and Foal feed soaked in milk, he will munch it up before I come back. He is also nibbling here and there on some Timothy Hay I have in his bin.
My husband says he's already spoiled, but that I need to be petting and loving on him every time I go out there. His friends say that I am raising a worthless horse. But I am determined to make this little guy a great horse with great manners. He has already kicked me once, and I don't want that to happen again.
So, what should I be doing to correct the turning his butt to me? Should I begin halter training at this point? What should I be doing now to begin training him to be a well mannered horse?
I don't have a mare I can put him in with and our other three geldings have tried to hurt him already. I would appreciate any advice.