A bit of background: when I got him he quickly proved to be lacking in social skills with both people and other horses. Despite that, he's a very quick learner and super clever. I couldn't leave him tied without supervision as he'd undo his rope or unclip himself. His main aims are to stand around eating and avoid work at all cost. He is also very interested in mares, territorial and aggressive toward geldings and stallions.
In saying all this, he has come on heaps since I did daily groundwork sessions with him. He now will follow me at my shoulder (he was dreadful to lead at first), if I put his headcollar on I only need to lay the rope over a fence rail and he stands til I ask him to move. Rugging, grooming and saddling are now simple rather than an extreme sport.
When I saw him on Saturday to my surprise he saw me, slowly walked up to the fence, put his muzzle near my ear and just nuzzled gently for a few seconds before stepping back. I stopped him from nudging and other rude behaviour early on but this wasn't rude or demanding, it was just a nice hello.
He's a lot more settled out in the country so I'm really looking forward to starting proper work next week. I'll start with some groundwork to make sure he remembers what he learned before then do some simple straightness work, get him forward, and then turns. His lateral mouth is fairly insensitive after a spell so I'll get him listening to that too so my one rein stop is working. Otherwise things can get a bit scary when he objects and goes for a buck...
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