Originally Posted by myhorsesonador
The real live one that can help you with all the problems that can happen.
I second this.
Don't rely too much on videos and DVDs - they may be a good "reference" material, but they aren't going to be able to step in and show you (with your own horse) what to do or how to correct an unwanted behavior, etc.
Find someone who can meet with you and your horse every week, maybe every other week, to guide you and give you some pointers and who you can call and speak to directly if you're not sure about how to do something.
Remember, the horse is only a yearling and has a lot of learning to do, but not necessarily a lot of attention span. Keep the lessons short, but positive.
Work on things that any good horse should know. . .like leading calmly and respectfully (not forging or lagging), standing quietly for grooming, clipping, and farrier visits and vet exams, and basically just being touched all over (including having temperature taken - it amazes
me how many people never do this!).
If you have the opportunity, expose the horse to other people, places and things that it may encounter out in "the real world." Take it for short rides in the trailer, maybe just to a trailhead where it can see other horses and trailers, dogs and people.
If you have seasoned trail horses, you could even go on short trail rides and pony the yearling along with you. Not only is it good exercise physically, but it is a good confidence-booster for the young horse. When the time comes to actually start training the horse for riding, it will already have that much more experience to prepare it!