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    03-08-2013, 04:45 PM
Here's Mama today.
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    03-11-2013, 04:56 PM
Is it just wishful thinking or is she bagging up in front? Can someone explain waxing to me, what should I get for a foaling kit? How long before I put a halter on the baby?...that is all for now lol. I'm reading books and as lunch on line literature as I can get my hands on but sometimes someone just talking about it helps.
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    03-11-2013, 05:01 PM
Here she is today. Pictures don't do justice. She is getting huge. I think her spots camouflage her fat belly.
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    03-11-2013, 05:09 PM
Oooo, subbing!
    03-11-2013, 05:53 PM
I NEVER EVER leave a halter on any horse (exception Mare for a couple of days after foaling if they are a bit sticky to catch) - but ESPECIALLY a foal.(They can easily get their legs caught up in a halter)

Yes I train them to accept a halter - not till around three weeks and OVER TIME - getting them used first to pressure release using just your hand - and then a soft rope over the neck ALWAYS allowing the foal get away if he needs to. (Actually he never even tried as there was no stress for him - it was all a game.
I don't hold to the theory that you should hang on to the foal no matter what as this can lead to serious injury to the foals delicate neck. If you want to see how this is done in pictures here's a link...
The Growth of Lord LubbaDuck AKA Zephyr Moo

There are quite a few of our training sessions pictured here.
We NEVER use force of any kind and the training sessions were NO MORE THAN 10 minutes at any time.
I now have a beautifully behaved happy little 4 month old (today!) who leads anywhere, picks up his feet for the farrier (and myself of course), is now float trained etc.
A lot of what I did was experimental as I had never bred a foal before but having rescued many horses over many years I knew exactly how I did NOT want him trained.
Hope this helps
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    03-11-2013, 06:01 PM
Gotcha I didn't plan on putting a halter on and leaving it though. I never do that with any of my horses. But I was told to put the halter on them right away to help acclimate them to the idea of the halter. Like halter on when we're around her but not ever left on her.
    03-11-2013, 06:38 PM
I looked at your page and you have a super cute little guy!
    03-11-2013, 06:44 PM
What you are seeing in front of her udder is edema. Based on her udder you have quite a ways to go yet.

As far as the haltering thing, read up on it in various places and then make the decision on what you are comfortable doing. There is no one true way to do things.
    03-11-2013, 06:44 PM
Thanks Sherri, I love him
Yeah there is a lot of debate over when to put a halter on. I don't hold to the theory of putting one on straight away simply because I can not see any need for it. Up to about a month old the foal can be and should be handled with arms around chest and rump anyhow - there should NEVER be any pressure on the poll.
Of course HANDLE from birth -that is scratch (and cuddle) but always be aware of over doing stuff - never get where the foal does not want to see you because it's all too much That's my two cents anyhow - many will disagree - ask horse people an opinion and you'll get about a hundred differing views
    03-11-2013, 08:44 PM
Fooey! Lol I wanted her to be bagging. So the girl I got her from said she SEEN the deed done in March which would have put the baby due in February. So now I have no clue when she's actually due. I just know she's gettin closer every day.

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