I received my filly 2 months ago as an 8 month old. I am having trouble finding research on how to make the first step. She is untouched, never even been petted by a human. They ran her into a chute to get her in the trailer. I am able to get her in a round pen with a cattle dog and myself, and my sister in law.
What would be the first step in trying to gain her trust? We don't have an enclosure, so we're out in the rain and mud so I don't know how well sitting in a round pen for hours will work right now... .although I will do that if that's the first step. She is not on my property so I do not feed and water her.. .she is also in a field with 3 other colts her age. When I can get her halter broke and trust to travel in the trailer, I will bring her home.
I have done the training after halter breaking, but never did the beginning part.
Any suggestions or books you think would help? I can do the groundwork and saddle breaking when the time comes, then plan on bringing her to a trainer (if I can ever find one) for finishing.