Haltered, groomed, hoof picked. Handwalk around barn, house, yard. Touch It game - getting the idea of the game and gaining confidence. Went to large plastic/model horse - he was very curious and sniffed in \\\"all the right places\\\" trying to figure out who this horse is. Checked out chairs, truck and trailer etc. Seemed proud of himself after checking out the horse. Did not leave after unhaltering him today.
Haltered, hoof picked. Handwalked around house and yard, intermixing grazing with \\\"touch it\\\" with his nose - any items he seemed wary of. Building confidence with flag - gentle movements at a distance, relaxed over time.
Haltered - pretty easy to catch today. Picked feet - very good. Moved away quickly when i reached too fast for hindquarters. Fine when keep hand on him from shoulder to hindquarters. A little leading and moving him around from both sides.
Took a bit to catch him today - perhaps because wind is up. Fairly reactive, especially when working around hindquarters. Played friendly game with rope, moving FQ and HQ away from pressure, sideways (tense but better when he goes a ways). Ended when he moved more slowly and thoughtfully away from pressure and was able to let the rope swing around the legs. Waited on railing for him to release, after a bit got a small blow and headshake.
Haltered much quicker today. Played with stick and string in pen and out in pasture. He\\\'s very nervous about movement toward HQs. Asked him to walk up beside me instead of behind me - he\\\'s hesitant. While walking, played friendly game with stick and string ahead of both of us and between us with breaks for good effort. He will touch the stick with his nose. Circle game, sideways - a little quick on his reactions but pretty good with circling, starting to comprehend sideways. Walk and graze and walk on routine - good. Jumped first time I wiggled stick and string to get him going but good after that.
Took longer today to accept being caught. (Used small rope string.) Very responsive once caught although it seems as though he is reacting as if he is worried about getting in trouble if he doesn\\\'t respond really quickly. Walked him out of pen, checked out rug hanging on the rail - eventually nosed it. Lead on serpentine through trees; moved his HQs with small section swinging rope (he gets worried when swing rope around back half of body. Feels like he is reluctantly willing to do what you ask.
Working on accepting being haltered. Other horses in the pen interfere so had volunteer halter Snowflake. Then able to use string to catch Rio by putting it over neck near the ears, led to halter, no trouble putting it on. Led him around paddock changing directions etc. Leads very well.