8 days ago, I aquired a 7 year old mustang who was in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2017. He didn't place well enough to make top 10, he was hesitant to tackle certain obstacles there. He was purchased following the competition by a family who didn't go over what he'd learned with him, and he went from desiring to be with people to not allowing himself to be caught. He bucked with them, and he had no desire to be in thier space to the point that he would try going over or through a round pen when they brought him in one. I was told the reason for his rehoming was he didn't want to be caught (and had lost weight which he gained some back before he was hauled my way. ) I wasn't informed of bucking at all until he was in my possession. He went from his owners to a trainer who didn't train him, but housed him to put wight on before placing him. Anyhow, because he'd only had the start that prepped him for the mustang makeover, and wasn't regularly asked to be a partner after that, I planned / plan on starting him from square one. I sat/walked/ spent time in his area to ensure I was seen as a familiarity in his new environment and randomly walked around or approached him with equipment just to walk away or start to put it in and walk away, or briefly lead him to remove it, just so that he will allow himself to be caught and not associate equipment with negativity or work if he grew to have that connection with his former owners. For me, he has been easy to approach and I have worked on being in his space without being demanding but also working on minor things that are important. He can be a nervous horse, but he is also willing to try and unfortunately is frustrated when asked for specific things. Like backing or moving over when he's coming in to closely so that he's brushing by or physically bumping into you. I made sure to move him out/away when this was done but it's obvious he dislikes being told to respect space. There is some head shaking, tail swishing, head rubbing, cocking a back leg as a threat (not to rest) I don't own a round pen, but I have been able to ask him to move his shoulders or hips over and am making an effort to send him on a bigger circle when asking him for forward movement. He is doing everything at liberty so he's willingly returning to this training space, and I'm trying to be kind without being a pushover so that he knows to respect space and human leader without creating a fight or unwillingness for him to be around me. He is 7 years old and was started as a 5 year old with a year off minus what was done by last owners. I know they had an issue with pawing and would leave him tied full days to in their words get him content with himself (not being in a herd environment) I think he had a wonderful start though trainer said he did need to go over foundation work at a slower pace, but then his owner unintentionally gave him a bad place to be for being furthered. I have focused on being able to approach, walking, stopping, backing (without trying to make it boring or be seen as punishment) I have days 1-7 recorded in written and photo or video form. Anyway... I always loved this site and I found lot of knowledgeable and encouraging individuals, so I decided to share his journey with you all. The goal is to create a calm, willing, understanding partner. Fingers crossed!