Even though I've had horses for years I'm new to the natural horsemanship methods. But I have a wild mustang and a newly adopted paint. The paint was severely neglected by the people I got him from. They said he was quiet, but really it was because he was half dead when I got him. I suspect he was also kicked around a lot by the other horses. He had several wounds left untreated.
I've had him about 2 months and already he is improving. However he is still very tender in his hips from an injury, so he cannot kick his back legs in defense even though he is finally walking and running around. He is okay with my mustang when there is a fence between them (they even lay side by side) but the other day we had a bad wind storm and it knocked the fence down between their pens. Coltrane, the paint, went thru the fence cutting his legs pretty bad trying to get out of the same space as Young Gun even though YG wasn't bothering him. Needlesstosay Coltrane seems very afraid of close contact with other horses.
Anyone had any ideas how I can work on getting him to relax around them while he continues to heal?