I'm a newbie horse person. I'm training a 1.5 year old red roan appaloosa. I was hoping y'all could answer some questions.
1. I'm walking him on a halter, like you would walk a dog, just teaching him to walk along side me. If he wants to stop and graze I pull him to keep going. Every so often, I say "ho" and we stand still for a minute. Thus far, I have been walking only on his left. Should I switch sometimes to the other side? Any other tips on this are welcome.
2. I cannot approach him with anything in my hand (e.g. A brush, a cloth with fly spray, but carrots are ok). What I have to do is stick the cloth in my backpocket and surreptitiously use it. Any suggestions on how to get him comfortable with stuff in my hand?