How can I effectively bond with a new horse prior to bringing him home?
I found my next horse but won't be able to bring him home til summer. He is a 6 year old stud but he is to be gelded in April. I have other horses, including a mare, so his owner wants to keep him there until after he is gelded. If I go visit him a few times a week, what sort of things can I do to get a head start on building trust and bonding in general? It is hard to set a routine because of my work schedule, or lack thereof. Also, does anyone have any advice in general for working with a recently gelded horse? He already has excellent manners and is such a cool mellow guy. Especially for a stud! But he has never been ridden, so he will be my first real project horse. I am seeking any useful knowledge I can get. I like Stacy Westfall's methods but so far I have only observed them. I want to be well-researched when I make my decision about how to communicate and work with my new friend.
Wow that's a lot to ask! For starters, just ideas on how to help him get used to me would be great! Thanks!