I am taking care of a pony and pinto gelding. The pony (Jake) is around 30 yrs old and has pretty much nothing left to him, sadly :(
But, Tomboy, the pinto has still some years to go. He's now 10 yrs old, and his owner is an elderly man, who, never even halter trained the poor guy .. so, I thought, since I couldnt have a horse of my own , because of money, I thought I could slowly start training Tomboy like if he was my own. I'm 15 now, and i've always loved horses. All my life i've known Tomboy , so the trust isnt a problem. This summer I would go every day to see tomboy, and just *play* with him, and groom him. On my own, with the help of my 14 yr old friend, we halter trained him :) It was amazing. It took around 30 minutes to get a halter on the guy, just with te help of an apple and some hay. So , now, he's getting used to being haltered and lead around by me. He can't be haltered by anyone else. He only trusts me.. plus, he isnt exactly MY horse. So it aint the best thing, really. But, he's getting better. The real owner isnt really familiar with horse equipement, so when he tries to put it on tomboy, omboy doesnt appreciate it too much.
Henry, the owner, thought it was best for me the keep on doing it myself, since, he isnt even interested in training tomboy himself. So, i'm on my own. It's a great experience. Tomboy is an angel, and I know he wants to learn more. He's a curious, loving horse, and I love him to death.
I find im doing pretty good. I've got him halter trained, I can lead him around perfectly, i've even got him to let me clean his hooves, also let me groom him where ever, even rub his ears :) So, what should I start doing with him after winter finishes ? ..