I start any horse with the same approach. Act like they don't know anything.
My theory/reasoning is that you will not have the same commands as the previous owner/trainer. You and the horse need to work out your own system and language.
I go for walks, stopping frequently and erratically, I also throw in turns and half halts. Heck, I may walk in circles for a bit. I make it so that if the horse isn't paying attention he hits the end of his rope. Not in a cruel manner because he is my partner, but rather where he can't guess my next move because he has to be paying attention. His "punishment" is the natural tug on the halter from going the wrong way, His reward comes from the release and slack on the line from watching me.
Space is key and respect is a must.
Start from the basics and he'll quickly learn your language. If not, you will quickly learn where he may have holes in his training.
One step at a time. Good luck!
Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
1 Chronicles 28:20
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