One of my friends is letting me lease his horse while he's out of the state for awhile. The horse has trust issues and doesn't allow just anyone on his back. I had successfully trained my abused OTTB and turned him into a sound, cheerful horse from his previous high-strung, untrusting disposition.
I started off by just sitting with the horse for several days a week, in the corral and allowing him to get used to my presence and my voice. From there, I'd take him on walks on a lead rope and then we began ground work and went from there.
I'm planning to do this with this Quarterhorse, as well. Has anyone else done this? I'm worried that people at the ranch will think I'm weird for sitting in a horse corral, just reading and chatting with the horse (I'm a 27 year old adult, haha), but I really prefer to allow the horse to get to know me for awhile.
What do y'all think?