So as some of you know I got a horse which is said to have been abused by his trainer by being whiped till he bled while in crossties, tied in his stall for a day or two with all his tack on with no food or water. He is underwieght/undermuscled, has rain rot, had a gash over his eye and leg, which were unexplained by his transporter, and he was afriad of the barn, crossties, whips, he hates bits, doesn't like the girth being tightened and threw a fit everytime you bring it up. Out in the pasture he is a doll and gets along with the other horses fine.
Well I have been working on his training and I am working with lots of groundwork to build his trust as well as seeing what he has for training and I'm working on some of his bad habits.
He is now longeing very well, I just point with the lead rope in my hand and raise the longe whip and he starts longeing. He does both ways very well. I then introduced cardboard to him because we just bought some new doors and I opened the cardboard and laid it down and he currently trots over it as if it wasn't there. Then today I added in a tarp. I started by laying it on the ground and shaking it, at first he shot his head up high, standing alert, but within a few minutes he was standing quietly, so then I rubbed hi down with the tarp and again he took it like a champ. I ever threw it on his back and walked him and he didn't care. And all the while whatever I do on one side I do on the other so I did it on both sides. Also I am desensitiving him with the longe whip, and even used a piece of cardboard and tapped him with it and he was quietly resting all the while.
Everytime I longe him I start by longeing, then the desensitizing, then I have him go over the cardboard and now the tarp and I plan on doing it this way for about a week but then I'm going to add something else to it. But I will keep doing the steps, is that the right thing to do? Am I doing the right stuff? What else should I do or add to my groundwork next?
He seems to have been through all this before but it's important to redo it because of his past and to help me too as well as him to have a refresher.
So any suggestions?
Also I forgot to say that he now crossties fairly quiet but I'm never letting him outta my sights while on it and I can easily saddle him up in the barn with no hesitation, he's gained wieght and muscle.