So I decided to take in a stray horse that showed up at the neighbors 5 months ago. No owners could be located. I'm away at school but will be working with this horse over Christmas break and again in March. I'll admit it, I'm probibley in over my head but I'm determined to learn what I need to know to build a positive relationship with this horse. I've worked with young green horses, and high strung horses but never one like this.
I'm guessing the mare is around 3-4 years old and presumably not halter broke. She seams really edgy about everything, she watched a farm cat walk across the pasture like it was a mountain lion. She will actually come to you when you go out to the pasture but will not allow you to touch her. She wants to smell and investigate you but will shy and run away if touched. Her feet look very nice . . . Too nice . . . . Like someone might have been taking care of them before. I'm not sure what to make of her behavior and the whole feet thing.
Round penning seems like a logical place to start earning the trust of this horse. She hasn't been handled in at least 5 months, possible ever. I donít really know where to start. What things should I be doing in the round pen to start understanding this horse?