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    12-28-2012, 06:57 PM
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Yearling
Dealing with new foals.

Hi everyone.

A couple of days ago my boss rescued 2 eight month old foals from the RSPCA. I assume, by the way they act, that they haven't been handled much in the past, they are terrified of us but have got a bit better in the short time we have had them. One was bullying the other so my boss took the decision to separate them today, they are in stables next to each other, can still see and touch each other. They settled in after a few panics and squeals.

My boss has gone away for a few days, so that's why I'm here. How exactly should you handle foals?

When I go into the stable with the head collar, they freak out but eventually settle and I can slip it on. They walk nicely one minute and rush ahead and drag me the next. Are they scared or pushing boundaries already?

I know discipline is important, and I do understand that they shouldn't be babied in any way, so how should I be handling them, what's acceptable and what isn't? I have noticed some other staff members babying them and feeding treats which has already started a nipping habit. I don't encourage this at all and I will put my foot down on this matter.

Advice much appreciated
     
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    12-28-2012, 07:09 PM
  #2
Yearling
I treat all foals like I would treat an adult horse with manners. If you baby a foal it will never learn what it needs too. Don't feed them treats or baby them, and when you halter them act like its no big deal. Same with leading them. If a full sized horse did that how would you discipline them? Reguardless of the reason, scared or spoiled, they should all be treated the same or they will never be civilized horses.
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    12-28-2012, 07:16 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by TexasBlaze    
I treat all foals like I would treat an adult horse with manners. If you baby a foal it will never learn what it needs too. Don't feed them treats or baby them, and when you halter them act like its no big deal. Same with leading them. If a full sized horse did that how would you discipline them? Reguardless of the reason, scared or spoiled, they should all be treated the same or they will never be civilized horses.
When our full size horses do it (pulling) I do discipline, whether its making them back up, turn, or just a quick "HEY" to remind them. So I should do this with the foals?

What do I do when they bite? Without making them head shy?
     
    12-28-2012, 07:19 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Snizard93    
When our full size horses do it (pulling) I do discipline, whether its making them back up, turn, or just a quick "HEY" to remind them. So I should do this with the foals?

What do I do when they bite? Without making them head shy?
Then do the same with a foal. They might not understand at first but they will soon realize whats going on.

When they bite rub their mouths and noses vigorously. If you swat at them they turn it into a game so instead annoy the tar out of them until they hate it so much they will not get mouthy just so you woulnt annoy them
     
    12-28-2012, 07:23 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by TexasBlaze    
Then do the same with a foal. They might not understand at first but they will soon realize whats going on.

When they bite rub their mouths and noses vigorously. If you swat at them they turn it into a game so instead annoy the tar out of them until they hate it so much they will not get mouthy just so you woulnt annoy them
Ah, makes sense about the biting. Thanks

Some of our staff do baby them, let them pull and nip, and I have mentioned it before but I'll be sure to put my foot down. Thanks for the advice.
     
    12-28-2012, 07:27 PM
  #6
Yearling
No problem! A lot of people seem to think "if I discipline them they woulnt ever like humans!" but im my experience horses are happier when they know their boundaries. When my colt was born I was always very strict with him. From the day he was born he wasnt allowed to turn his butt to me (or he'd get a good pop with whatever was in my hand) or nip, or rear or anything like that. Now as a two year old he knows his limits and knows that what he is and isnt allowed to do and he doesnt test me. However he's a complete mommas boy and prefers me to someone he could push around any day.
     
    12-28-2012, 07:35 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by TexasBlaze    
No problem! A lot of people seem to think "if I discipline them they woulnt ever like humans!" but im my experience horses are happier when they know their boundaries. When my colt was born I was always very strict with him. From the day he was born he wasnt allowed to turn his butt to me (or he'd get a good pop with whatever was in my hand) or nip, or rear or anything like that. Now as a two year old he knows his limits and knows that what he is and isnt allowed to do and he doesnt test me. However he's a complete mommas boy and prefers me to someone he could push around any day.
Yes I'm 100% with you there. I'm not one of those people that's worried about my horse not "loving" me. I know that respect and trust are the basis of any "relationship" and if a horse is not behaving I will let them know. I was just worried about whether the foals needed different treatment, but thinking about how mum would treat them if they misbehaved...
     
    12-28-2012, 07:45 PM
  #8
Yearling
Exactally. There are some things a mare would do that I wouldnt (mares let their foals kick at them while sharing feed and rear on em to teach them its okay to be agressive to other horses because in the wild it makes the foal a better contendor as a lead mare or a stallion) but in general that's the same principle.
     
    12-28-2012, 07:48 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by TexasBlaze    
Exactally. There are some things a mare would do that I wouldnt (mares let their foals kick at them while sharing feed and rear on em to teach them its okay to be agressive to other horses because in the wild it makes the foal a better contendor as a lead mare or a stallion) but in general that's the same principle.
Didn't know that, learn something new every day thanks for the advice.
     
    12-28-2012, 07:50 PM
  #10
Yearling
No problem! Need pics of the foals soon xD
     

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