Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I agree with whoever said imprinting is just a "fancy term". I really don't believe imprinting has to be the whole technical procedure if getting to the foal before he even gets up and nurses to rub him all over and do weird things with him. Doing that means absolutely NOTHING if you don't continue to work with the foal, and likewise, I've seen tons of foals who were beautifully behaved and a joy to work with just because they'd been handled from birth (no "true" imprinting done). I don't think it has anything to do with what you do to the foal while he's still on the ground, I think it has everything to do with what you're doing with that foal the first few months of his life.
When Zierra has born, she actually helped turn her mother around. Zena had been with us a month, had been abused and neglected, and had a mortal fear of humans. We didn't get to Zierra until a good five hours after she was born, at which time we went in, held Zena and petted her. I don't know if it was her personality, but that filly was just born loving people. I was really scared that Zena's fear would turn her into a shy and difficult foal, but it was the exact opposite. Zena learned to be accustomed to people because that little daughter of hers would leave her side to come running to me! I worked with her constantly as a newborn, always petting and scritches and getting her used to the halter. Her training was an absolute breeze.
I think people get overzealous with imprinting sometimes. It's fine if you're there, but so many people get SO upset if they're not there to "imprint". I've yet to see a properly handled foal be difficult from lack of true imprinting. Of course, some DO have difficult personalities, but with proper work I find it's relatively easy to bring them around.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.