I just rescued a month old colt and his mother about two weeks ago. The mother is awesome! She lets us do practically anything to her. Baths, fly spray, you name it. The colt however, isn't entirely thrilled with human interaction. He's starting to venture farther and farther from her and I'm afraid if we don't get him halter broke soon, he'll go exploring and get hurt. Not to mention he has a pretty ugly superficial cut on his leg that we can't treat without being able to get near him. The vet wrangled him on the first day, cleaned and stitched it and gave him tetanus and a whole bunch of other shots.
If we move slowly and crouch low he will smell us. We are able to touch him sometimes. We've even had a curry comb and brush on him on good days. Other days he will flee at the sight of anyone walking into the stall. He gets scared even though we did nothing different, he will even run underneath his mother.
I don't want to force him in any way, but I know that I need to get him comfortable with human interaction and a halter as soon as possible. I'm looking for ideas on how to teach him that I'm not going to hurt him.