Do some clinton anderson groundwork. I'm not normally a huge fan of following a large group in a "fad trainer" but I actually and susprisingly REALLY like his methods for babies. Just yielding all the body parts, doing the lunging for respect (Not for long periods of time, just a couple circles each way and then call it quits)
Desnsitize a little,rub some saddle pads along him, touch the "Oh-no" spots, then just leave him alone and let him be a horse for awhile. mess with him again after he's a yearling, give him his first saddle, maybe have a light rider shift over his back (But don't actually ride, just get him used to the weight for about five seconds at a time) and get him suppling in a snaffle bit.
After you do that once or twice as a yearling, I say toss them back to the pasture again and wait a couple months and do it again. IMO it's okay to do these things like sitting on your babies (From the time they are yearlings though, onward) I mean, its not like you're asking for perfection or for them to be loping circles or even walk. And you don't do it every single day, just do it once until they relax then leave them be for six months, do it again, don't mess with the til they're two.
EDIT: Forgot something. How I got the most gentle, seasoned, calm and desnsitized horses I have ever owned was to just take them EVERYWHERE with me from the time they were babies. They come with me to shows, to walmart, down the trail with the big horses, and all over the place. Then they see differant things and it becomes routine, not a new experience.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
Last edited by SorrelHorse; 10-05-2011 at 01:18 AM.