Originally Posted by mynxrider
one question and then the back round. What kind of ground work?
Blue is right, you do not want to pity him but you can show compassion. It is now your
responsibility to help him become the horse he is meant to be. I also want you to accept that he may not be able to become a trick horse. Some horses can not do everything (whether it's mental or physical), the last horse I trained was neglected, trained/tortured, not under saddle for eight years, yada yada yada. I tried to train him to work cattle but he didn't have a taste for it, he did however have good potential as a Western Dressage horse so I had to change my tactic. You need to work with him through his sticky spots but you also need to understand the why behind what he does. Is he genuinely scared or does he already have your number.
There are many different styles of groundwork out there. Groundwork, essentially, is you working with your horse from the ground to prepare him for when you are in the saddle. The best thing you can do right now is to search Natural Horsemanship. Research clinicians, study their styles, read their stories, find someone that you can look up to and use their method to help your horse. There are some really big names out there in the Natural Horsemanship world so you may need to do some digging to find someone that you like. There are many different styles out there and some work better for others. Do your research and invest in the equipment (or make your own, I made a flag out of a broken whip and a piece of tarp, not as sharp looking but has the same effect) especially a rope halter. Also, attend clinics if you can, you can never learn too much when it comes to horses.
Feel free to ask any more questions.