Balance or Stubborness?

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Balance or Stubborness?

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        03-07-2014, 08:48 AM
    Question Balance or Stubborness?

    Hi all,

    I have recently bought a 9 month cob foal and with this being my first foal im a little unsure how to go about this.

    Im pretty sure that before I had him he wasnt treated so well. He loves fuss and attention, the only thing is he cant/wont pick his feet up. I've tried all the methods but it seems to me that he simply just can't balance very well. He either buckles or wobbles so when you put his foot down he crosses his feet in an attempt to steady himself. He knows that when I tap his foot he needs to pick it up and he does try so I don't think its stubborness. Sometimes he stumbles a little on stoney surfaces too.

    Is this normal for a foal his age? If so is there anything I can do to help him learn to balance? If its not normal does anyone know a likely cause?

    Thanks in advance xx
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        03-08-2014, 08:58 AM
    It is normal for them to have to learn how to balance themselves, but it sounds perhaps a bit more difficult for this youngster. Maybe worth getting him checked out. Also make sure he's on a comfortable footing when you ask, do it in baby steps & don't force or fight. While I believe it's best for training to use as little force as possible, it's also important physically for a foal, who is very easily damaged by strong restraint. Also don't tie him up or leave a halter on him for that reason.

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