I have the opportunity to work with 4 horses. (there are 5, but one is 35 years old and retired)
1 is totally friendly and I don't see any real trouble with him.
The next 2 are dis-respectful, but I was shown by a woman I use to train with different things in the round pen on gaining respect.
The 4th guy, however, is very timid. I met them today and he would not let me come up to him at all, while the others got curious at some point.
All of these horses are trained. The owner said they are all natural-gait tennessee walkers.
The owner does not get to go out and see them as much as she would like, and has given me the chance to go out and get them handled more often. (not riding..just ground stuff)
There is a man who cares for them and turns them out, but for the most part they are in a large pasture.
She said she is looking into getting a round pen, but for now I am going to buy a lunge line.
I'm not worried about the ones who need to learn respect. I've worked with a few horses like that.
I am a little confused on how to start going about gaining this ones trust, though.
I would just like to hear stories on how this has been done. Should I just go out and be around him a while? I feel it would be easier if they were stalled when I got there, but they're out for the most part.