Ricci...sorry I misunderstood what you meant. I thought the only thing joinup was for is catching a horse. Its taken me a while to get him to come to me....especially while carrying a lead rope, so yeah I do consider it an accomplishment . You have to take what you can get...ya know lol.
G&ks Mom...you can never tell what a horse has gone through when you get them as adults...but his obvious mistrust has made me wonder too. I have cut back on the sweet feed...I'm just sorta watching now to make sure that he maintains his weight so I can see what adjustments need to be made. Tyvm for the encouragement too...it helps a lot, especially when a lot of people say get rid of him. I feel like he's a good horse...he just needs someone to put the effort in to build his confidence and trust. I really enjoy working with him and im hoping you are right about the summer making a huge difference. Thanks again.
MN tigerstripes.....I do go out there and pet him sometimes or bring him apples...but it would probably be a good idea to do more of that, especially since the nice weather should be just around the corner. Thanks for the tip.