I have been given the chance to work with a 4 year old Percheron/Arabian cross named Pride. He belongs to a colleague of my parents. He has never had any formal training and they have asked me to come out and work with him. They own his mother and so have had Pride his whole life and have only kept him as a pasture pet. They say he is very friendly and loves attention, they have even plopped little kids on top of him before and he didn't care, but he has never been trained.
I'm going to go see him for the first time on either Wednesday or Thursday. Because I haven't seen him yet I can't say for sure what his personality is like and what sort of issues he may have. But it has been my experience that horses kept only as pasture pets tend to be a little pushy and have no respect of personal space. This might not be the case with Pride but I'm going to assume it is when I go to meet him.
I have a pretty good idea of what I'm going to do with him to start out with, as far as ground training goes. I've had quite a bit of experience with ground training my last horse, but I've never had to deal with a Percheron cross with no sense of personal space. I could use some pointers on the subject.
I will keep you guys updated on the situation and post pictures of Pride as soon as I can.