He is 7 years old. I have had him for around 2 weeks. I have had a mare in the past many years ago. Have some horse knowledge.
He has been ridden . His previous owner did not take care of him, Hooves were horrible and he was underweight was always kept in a stall. He was cribbing, and only allowed to see the mares on the other owners property his mane was in dreads because he was braided at some point and they never took care of it , I had to cut .
Since I have had him he has been vetted, hooves done, wormed etc.
Let me just say I did not rescue him to ride him - I rescued him to save him :)
His disposition is sound - but still not trusting. Skiddish about being brushed and will not budge without a lead rope.
I have been working with him just touching him and rubbing him on his face. Simple hand movements that are too fast by his face he has a problem with.
I have in my backyard pasture not locked up anymore. But he does have a stall to go to.
He does come to the gate every morning when he sees me and I do give him a treat. Is that wrong?
Also he is alone out there and I would like to get a companion animal for him. I cannot afford another horse, and I do not want a dog outside already have 3 inside.
Any suggestions for a companion animal for him?