Just got a new horse but I'm such a beginner with horses I have no idea how to bond etc. help please.
I started out absolutely new with a horse that was to be mine providing..., and now he is mine.
He was very herd bound. Did not want to even lead away from the herd. I searched online and found a suggestion I liked. Hide some pellets or other good stuff in a dish somewhere and discover it along the way.
I did this everyday for well over a month. I still do occasionally. He never got to finish his pellets we "found". Before he finished, he had to go back to the herd that he didn't want to leave.
This, plus grooming, talking to him, watching him eat, etc has worked very well for me. He now walks right up to me in the herd and helps me get his bridle up his nose and over his ears and leads off without a hitch.
A lot of it is just time time time. You learn stuff about him and he learns stuff about you. He develops trust. I always took him back to the herd. I never turned him loose to go frantically whinnying trying to find them.
And just love him and care for him. Shoo flies away from him. Find places that itch or feel good and scratch him. Horses groom each other.
If you do stuff like that he absolutely knows. It is said, and it may well be true, our horses know more about us than we know.
One well known trainer who likes to save up "sayings" says, YOUR HORSE DOES NOT CARE HOW MUCH YOU KNOW UNTIL HE KNOWS HOW MUCH YOU CARE.
That and setting out to accomplish 1% per day for 100 days has been my guide. And be prepared for setbacks.
That's my thoughts on the bonding part. It's worked for me.
Training is a different deal, I'll stay outta that.