Join Date: May 2013
Location: Central Florida
• Horses: 0
Everything said so far is good information!
I'd strongly suggest that you either get someone to help you and/or study a Natural Horsemanship Clinician (Parelli,Anderson,Cox,etc) because reading a few paragraphs on a forum just cant give you the timing and feel needed to both keep you safe,and help the horse learn manners. He's not being naughty, he's never been taught correct behaviors around humans. At the very least , watch as many dvd's as you can , but a live person would be by far your best bet.
Being able to read his intent , before his action , will be an extremly helpful tool for you.
In the meantime:
Rule #1. He is NOT, not ever, allowed in your space unless invited. Imagine you have a 2-4 foot bubble around you. Agreed a NH halter, rope halter would be your choice, and at least a 9-12 ft NH lead. These tools have more feel than cotton lounge ropes and flat webbed halters. Keep him out of your space by simply creating a commotion--flapping your arms, add in jumping (jumping jacks..for most horses, that alone will cause them to decide to keep their distance.
Rule #2. You can go into his bubble anytime.
That's minimum, basic, getting started 'stuff'.
Good luck, stay safe.