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        03-23-2013, 08:57 AM
      #221
    Weanling
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    even an empty water bottle or small jolly ball can capture their attention...and if you are giving him a small amount of supplements he enjoys in his own bucket he will think he won the lottery!!! Grated carrots in small amounts as well...I know its hard to do with mom there prob thinking she has first dibs on everything...lol so maybe if you are giving some to her as well he will naturally follow what she does and be so involved you could prob give him a quick wash with even warm water and a cloth:)
    See - that's why I joined this site cheers x

    That's a great idea - he's already munching on bit of sugarbeet (I don't think he knows why - just that mum does it - and it's warmed with warm water too )

    I'll put a bit in his own bucket this aft.

    Now, where's the grater............
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        03-23-2013, 09:27 AM
      #222
    Weanling
    He is an especially cute foal! I love his color pattern.
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        03-23-2013, 04:21 PM
      #223
    Weanling
    Well, we have made zero progress yesterday and today with trying to start getting him used to a headcollar or even get him a coat on.

    We're inches deep in snow and the wind is howling! This is making him very skittish and Fox is once again on high alert watching him like a hawk (and watching us too!)!

    After being a nosey parker for the best part of this week and coming over and nibbling everything that you've got hold of, he now won't come near us - i'm hoping it is just the wind as all week Fox has been relaxed and he's been so inquisitive!

    Fox tried to bite my eldest son when he went near her food whilst mucking out and wasn't happy at being reprimanded, but even though she's a foal to protect (or thinks she has to protect from us) the same ground rules still apply!

    Being new to this, i'm assuming it's nature to protect from people she's previously trusted and how long will this go on for - thought we were on the better end of it - or am I just being impatient and need to give her more time (patience isn't one of my strong points I admit)?



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        03-23-2013, 08:48 PM
      #224
    Green Broke
    Awww....that peek-a-boo picture is SO cute!
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        03-23-2013, 10:54 PM
      #225
    Weanling
    You must tell your poor son not to take it personal...normally...especially when kept in a stall with no room to roam...the mother can become over protective...and usually will only let who has been spending regular time with her near the baby....dont forget...if they were outside...she would be able to move around more freely ...she is probably feeling a little trapped right now and is on high alert thinking she has to protect the baby....im sure she is wanting to stretch her legs and can get bored...the baby is hiding because he senses from his mother that there must be something to hide from...the only thing you can do at this point is try to spend as much time with Foxy as you can...the rest will follow...can you let her outside for some fresh air and sunshine at all?even for an hour a day? She is prob feeling very cooped up and frustrated...if the temp isnt going down to low I wouldnt worry about the blanket....he will grow an adequate coat as nature intended...right now the main thing is gaining Foxy's trust again and making sure she is secure:) if that makes any sense at all...Im kinda rambling...LOL
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        03-24-2013, 07:11 PM
      #226
    Weanling
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    You must tell your poor son not to take it personal...normally...especially when kept in a stall with no room to roam...the mother can become over protective...and usually will only let who has been spending regular time with her near the baby....dont forget...if they were outside...she would be able to move around more freely ...she is probably feeling a little trapped right now and is on high alert thinking she has to protect the baby....im sure she is wanting to stretch her legs and can get bored...the baby is hiding because he senses from his mother that there must be something to hide from...the only thing you can do at this point is try to spend as much time with Foxy as you can...the rest will follow...can you let her outside for some fresh air and sunshine at all?even for an hour a day? She is prob feeling very cooped up and frustrated...if the temp isnt going down to low I wouldnt worry about the blanket....he will grow an adequate coat as nature intended...right now the main thing is gaining Foxy's trust again and making sure she is secure:) if that makes any sense at all...Im kinda rambling...LOL
    Thankyou for your reassurance and it all makes perfect sense - keep it coming . We're putting it down to baby hormones with Foxy and what you said - protection and cooped up. Today was freezing, and still windy but not quite as fierce. My husband was working there all afternoon, finishing off (and starting more) paths and hard standings, and getting the "baby paddock" ready for when it's a bit warmer. Electric fence ready to be plugged in (on low of course - Fox won't go anywhere near it so I don't even bother to turn it on just for her - we now just need the foal to respect it the same). I spent a couple of hours in the stable today, and mum and baby didn't seem as bothered.
    My son and his girlfriend came down tonight and we had another hour there - the little man was trying his hardest to move his mums treat toy around the stable (forgot my camera though ) and kept stamping on the floor and then bending down to see if there was a treat there. It's a rolly boredom breaker that has a hole in it and treats fall out when it's rolled, so it was funny to see him stamping on the floor, then bending down to see if there was a result! So cute......
    Fox was much calmer tonight, only paying us any interest when she heard a dog bark - and my son held the foal halter collar while the little one had a sniff and a nibble at it. We're just going to do that for a few days, rubbing his face while he's occupied with the halter before we go any further with him. He certainly doesn't seem nervous again, just curious, but keeping mum in sight.
    Hopefully, it should be getting warmer this week (snow and freezing temps at the minute) so i'm hopeful for a trip outside xx
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        03-24-2013, 08:12 PM
      #227
    Yearling
    I would probably get hands on the foal whether he wants to be caught or not. Mom can be held or tied up if she is being a problem. The more he gets handled and gets to use you as a scratching post, the more likely he will be to want to be caught and scratched on.

    Mom might also be a bit concerned, but by now, she should be back to normal and used to you handling the foal. If you're wanting to halter him, grab another person and sidle him up to momma or a corner so you can grab him, then have the more capable person hold the foal (wrapping arms around his chest and bum) while the other desensitizes him to the halter, although with him acting skitish, I'd just put it on him while scratching him to start off then do your sliding on/off repeatedly at the end, where he'll hopefully be more calm =)

    Good luck!
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        03-24-2013, 08:59 PM
      #228
    Trained
    Right. If the choice is up to him, he will not participate. This is normal. You will eventually have to catch him and it will be easier while he is little.
         
        03-24-2013, 09:01 PM
      #229
    Trained
    Its so interesting how different foal personalities are.

    Wrecker is so incredibly friendly. She trots right up to anyone, not just me, but anyone and demands to be pet. She nibbles on everything and licks anything she can. I have never met a foal so friendly. At 4 days old, she'd be up to you before Chilly would make it up. And Chilly knows we always carry cookies.

    She has had a blanket put on and taken off daily. And the past 2 days, she has had a halter put on her without a lick of protest. I am so impressed.

    And then I read of Fox's mood swings and a very shy little colt. That makes me sad that he won't let you handle him. I don't know what I'd do if I wasn't able to pet Wrecker.

    I also agree with grabbing and desensitizing the little booger while he's young and small. He's week or so older then Wrecker and im already having a hard time restraining her when needed. (Shes not a fan of her booty being touched...it seems to tickle her...so I'm making her be a fan by doing it frequently...lol) But compared to what she was when she was born, to now, HUGE difference in strength.

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        03-24-2013, 09:56 PM
      #230
    Yearling
    Haha, yeah, Simba was never bad to be caught, but right when he was born and the first couple days when he didn't know me, he'd be a bit of a booger. Nothing I couldn't handle by myself since Josie knows who is boss and will do whatever I want her to do ;p I halterbroke him to where he was leading freely, getting completely off the pressure when he was 2 days old and would lead him around after that, letting Josie follow. He got so frickin friendly, he'd talk to me any time he saw me or any other human around, just like if we were all horses, lol. Could never get away from him, actually, lol, he was such a brat, wanting to nibble on everything, including my saddle!
         

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