The owner is going to be getting a round pen this month, so as far as working with them on respect.. I'm going to wait until she gets one.
I tried walking the 'leader' (Duke) of their little group around on a lunge line today and, well,
1) He stepped all over my feet. Wasn't paying a lick of attention no matter what I did.
2) Near crashed into me from a stand still for whatever reason.
3) When I did turn to him he started cantering around me like a nut.
I'm going to focus on 'building a bond' with them until said pen is set up. The owner said to focus on the friendly one (Blackjack) and the others would get curious/jealous and start coming up to me. Black-Jack was broken in by Amish folks. He's 3 years but did spook at a bunch. He throws his head a bit if you pull the lead too hard and it yanks the halter.
They are all broke to ride, but have not been worked since 'Season before last' (I'm guessing summer of last year?)
I have my work cut out for me. Once I can try them in a round pen I believe we will be better off. Would like to nip this behavior in the bud. UN-acceptable.
However, after standing by the stall for a while, the one who doesn't trust (Ebony) did come over and let me pet his head. :) Then Red (The second one who needs to learn respect) bit me on the shoulder and Ebony backed into his corner again.
I'm going to really need to sit down and plan out what my 'game-plan' is.
Do more research on different methods, too.
I see they are obviously going to need working on someone leading them in and out the barn. Right now they are allowed to run in and they all go to their stalls.
The passage ways are narrow and the stalls do that funny 'We open in the direction you need to walk' thing.
I just want order darn-it!