Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Best thing you can do for yourself and the horse is find a darn good trainer who will show you groundwork. The horse needs to learn to trust from the ground up, but also manners and respect. If my horse spooks undersaddle, I do not expect it to high tail off in the other direction.
There are MANY good threads in the training section which can help, but a person face to face will most likely be the greatest help.
Keep in mind that sudden movements may make him flinchy and unpredictable, but don't pander to his behaviour. Ignore it as best you can. If you coo and pet him when he freaks or spooks, you are making a rod for your own back. If he spooks, bring his brain back to whatever you were doing, and carry on.
A lot of grooming, and spending time around him will help him to realise you aren't a threat, but I do agree with the post that says 'get abused out of the vocabulary. Don't focus on that, focus on making him a better horse. What happened happened, and although you may have to be slightly more cautios and not go in guns blazing, don't treat him like a china doll.
Also be aware, that green& green=black and blue. Being determined is all good and well, but don't but yourself in a position of danger. It is a lot easier to make things right the first time than it is to 'unfix' problems that have been made. So, keep in the back of your mind for your health and well being, and for his future, selling may be an option depending on how your first few weeks go.
I personally would never team an unsure horse, green broke and nervous with a first time 'youngster' owner, it is hard enough to get good rides on a youngster as a first time youngster owner (trust me, I know!) but I also know we all have to start somewhere.
Keep us updated though!