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