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    06-11-2013, 06:14 PM
Imprinting foal

My mare is due tomorrow and im planning on imprinting the foal. I don't want to start any arguments on whether imprinting is good/bad. But can some one please walk me through the process? I know a little bit but I want to know as much as I can before the baby! Do you let them get up and such then do it or do it immediately?
Thanks in advance!!
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    06-11-2013, 10:02 PM
You're waiting until the day before its due to research?? Wow... I've heard that it can be really dangerous if you don't know what you're doing, so I'm surprised you'd leave it until literally the last minute to figure out what to do...

Can't help you, but good luck with the foaling, etc.

(No offence was intended, by the way, I'm just genuinely shocked! Can't really get my tone across through text... I really wish you luck...)
    06-11-2013, 10:30 PM
No I have been doing research for a while but, I more wanted a review (ish)
Because we didnt impringt our last foal.
And no I wouldn't do it if this was the last minute type thing.
:) Thank you!
    06-12-2013, 12:02 AM
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Last foal I imprinted, right after she was born I rubbed her down with a towel while another person was tending to her mother. First I let her sniff my hand then started rubbing her all over. Hope that helps, good luck with the foaling!!
    06-12-2013, 12:40 AM
Oh good, I was really concerned! :)

I'm no help, but best of luck, hope it all goes well.
    06-12-2013, 01:23 AM
We imprinted our filly by getting her used to us touching her. We helped her nurse for the first couple feeding because she couldn't find the bar entirely. It pays to have a good momma that will let you touch it. My mare let us touch her and the one side she nursed on was dry she walked off talking to her, turned around and moved right to us so we can help her baby nurse. My advice is to get the baby used to you touching her but not too much that it starts adopting you. We were messing with the filly's feet before she got up rubbing on her.
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    06-12-2013, 04:05 AM
I researched quite a bit into this before Zephyr was born.
I think the imprinting such as Dr Robert Miller does is excessive and unnecessary.
I was at the birth and handled him gently from the get go but did not restrict him in any way. I was merely another presence and part of his life from the start.
Every day I handled him short bursts of around 10 minutes (NO LONGER) several times a day.
He is now 7 months old and the friendliest, most inquisitive (read nosey) happy little chap around. He gets very excited when I go out to see him and often brings me stuff - (Twigs, his ball etc) to show me.
I'm very happy with the way he is developing. He has been allowed to be a HORSE FIRST - personally I think this is important
Good luck.
    06-12-2013, 03:22 PM
I'll second Merlot's post. They need to be a horse first and depending on mom you don't want to be handling baby if she isn't in agreement. We check both mare and foal. Touch baby all over if possible but don't restrain in any way. Each time we visit, we let baby come to us and again touch and rub eventually making sure all parts are handled. It is easiest to touch/tap the bottom of the feet or brush them with a soft brush when baby is laying down. You don't want to be lifting legs when they are only just learning balance. Limit the time and let mom take the lead. If she has had enough even if it has only been two minutes and you want ten walk away or ignore baby and turn your attention on her; she need loving too.
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    06-13-2013, 11:16 PM
Thanks for all the great answers!, very helpfull :)

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