agree on just staring by riding him in the outdoor arena, and then around the property
Do you have a trailer, so you can haul him to some trail rides at times?
I Guess you can walk him at first, but to me, that is not really the same as having a horse learn to have confidence riding out,and to me, a horse that can only be arena ridden, is not really broke
Many horses will lead, where they will not ride.
For me, riding a horse out, not only allows that horse to relax, enjoying the scenery, riding with a purpose, versus just going round and round, but also prevents the association of those arena walls controlling the horse, as he truly learns to guide and trust your leadership, riding out. It is then you, and not those arena walls, that gives him that sense of security
Charlie trail horse
Charlie arena/show horse