ive had pluto for 2 and a half months.he is 3. when he arrived, he was gelded on the same day, so had a traumatic day, and was very thin. Until then he had lived wild in a group of 4 colts, with little human contact. i was told that he had been in a stable before, and been lead, but a while ago. since ive had him, im starting to think that his only experience with people has been being pushed and shoved from one place to the next, and im unsure as to whether he had also experienced mis treatment. when he arrived i decided to feed him twice a day, as he needed it, and as a point of contact for us. The first week or so i couldnt get within 2 meters of him when he was eating or just in the feild, i worked gradually using montys methods until the first big step for him which was to take a carrot from my hand,then i started to give his feed while holding the bucket, until i was able to stroke his nose. we have progressed like this and now i am able to stroke him all down his neck and whithers and have even removed a thorn (litraly!) from his side (lower stomach area) i can also gently untangle his mane when he is eating his food or grass, so he has given so much already,and is tranformed in weight and well being. maybe twice he has trotted 'at' me, not with ears back, but felt slightly threatening.i dont know if this is him being a young horseor is a threat, yesterday i introduced a soft brush, which he was ok with, but as he walked away the i kept the brush on him to a point on his body nearer his behind than i had dared to sroke with my hand, and he quickly turned his back end to me as if to kick, but didnt. this is the first time this has happened and it had knocked my confidence a bit. i think it was because i was moving too fast as all had been going so well for the week until this point, also there had been builders digging the road next to his field and i thimk he was a bit more spooky than usual. would anyone have any advise or have had a similar experience? also would be usefull to hear whether you guys think i should carry on how i am with him, prehaps introducing a 'stuffed glove' on a stick to get him used to being touched on his back end from a safe distance until hes really at ease with it like he is with his neck and shoulders, or to do join up? any advice appriciated! hope the message isnt too long and confusing!
join up or where now with nervous horse?