I have a 15 yr old gelding who has lost some of his ground manners and is turning a little skittish. I can still catch him in pasture and halter him, he just likes to see if he can get away with stuff on halter and isn't responding as well to pressure and stuff like that. I can get him saddled but I haven't ridden him in a while. I think he might be a little stubborn if I were to go out and ride him right now.
I want to start working on his ground manners again, like a refresher course. I also want to go through some of the lessons I have seen on Clinton Anderson and Parelli. I'm referencing the lessons regarding giving to pressure where eventually the horse moves when you point to a shoulder with the "stick and string".
First question, do I need to completely desensitize him to the stick and string? Last time I brought it out he shied away from it bad, I couldn't get near him with it.
Second, do I start with pressure training with just my hand/finger or should I go ahead and start pushing on him with the stick (once he gets to where he accepts it)?