Slow and Steady Wins
I got my Percheron 17 months ago, right out of the field a 19hh, 2000 pound 3 year old. Nothing had really been done with him. He didn't know how to walk on a lead, brushing was a horrid experience, standing still was a nightmare, he was afraid of EVERYTHING and all new situations, people, etc.
I started very slowly working with him, everyday, and did a full year of ground work with him introducing him to everything. I was the IDIOT taking my horse for a walk down the road (we live in a small town and people talk!), on the trails, through the fields, in the ring we did SO much work. At times I was frustrated, not with him, but I felt our pace was wrong, but I realized that while it may be wrong for me, it was right for him.
Well, one month ago, I starting riding him and what a joy it's been! We are doing so well in the ring, in the fields and even on the trails (only a little bit here for now). We are doing a great walk, trot and we are having FUN! He stands completely still for all grooming, the farrier, tacking and that I no longer even have to tie him for any of this. Such a pleasure...most days.
My point is that I see a lot of people buy new horses and can't wait to jump right onto them. Horses and people need time to bond, grow and learn. Now granted a year is long time, but honestly I wouldn't have done it any other way, even though it was frustrating at times for me. My guy and I now are a great team. Trust is huge.
Thanks for listening and enjoy your horse friends.