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    04-28-2012, 07:55 PM
  #31
Weanling
Never raised a foal, so you're one up on me in that department, ripper.
However, and, call me crazy, but it sounds better to desensitize an animal to an object [ie: halter and lead rope] before you slap one on them and tie them to a wall. Tying an animal that has no understanding of the concept is an accident waiting to happen.
     
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    04-28-2012, 09:00 PM
  #32
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Originally Posted by arrowsaway    
never raised a foal, so you're one up on me in that department, ripper.
However, and, call me crazy, but it sounds better to desensitize an animal to an object [ie: halter and lead rope] before you slap one on them and tie them to a wall. Tying an animal that has no understanding of the concept is an accident waiting to happen.
I raised 54...lost 2 at birth.

In fact that is all I did was raise babies.

They had to be fit and ready to show when they where picked up by the buyers.

They had to be perfect.

Tying them early worked for me.

Some where picked up the day of the big MQBF....when right out in the show ring.
     
    04-29-2012, 01:09 AM
  #33
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Originally Posted by Ripper    
I raised 54...lost 2 at birth.

In fact that is all I did was raise babies.

They had to be fit and ready to show when they where picked up by the buyers.

They had to be perfect.

Tying them early worked for me.

Some where picked up the day of the big MQBF....when right out in the show ring.
That should read "THEN" right out in the show ring.
     
    04-29-2012, 01:08 PM
  #34
Foal
I haven't dewormed them yet, but the passed week they have become very accustomed to having things put in their mouths.
     
    04-29-2012, 01:10 PM
  #35
Foal
They are still getting used to the halters . . . The place I got them from were really, really busy with foals, so Legend and Finn are still not sure about them, but they have been playing with the halters and slipping their noses right in on their own.
     
    04-29-2012, 01:14 PM
  #36
Weanling
Well it's never too young to start touching on them and getting them ready for ground manners.....rubbing necks,back,down legs, scratching butt, BELLY, even taking brushing and combs and getting them use to those around....laying a lead rope across back..so forth..if you havent started already never too early!
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    05-03-2012, 05:00 PM
  #37
Foal
I have another question, oh and btw, thank you for being patient with me. Lol. Anyway, I have started feeding my colts every 2 - 2 1/2 hours and they both are eating well and getting enough. However, the older colt has gotten pushy with the younger one and tries to shove him out of the way so he can have both buckets of milk, when I move his head aside and tell him "no!", he pins his ears back and snakes his head at me. I shake my hand at him and take a step forward to back him off. He will stop, but ever so often he'll still attempt this behavior. He has even gone as far as to kick out at me if I make him wait for his milk as I secure the gate behind me. I have smacked his rump on several occasions for this, but sometimes he will still represent his hindquarters. Any tips?
     
    05-03-2012, 05:10 PM
  #38
Foal
[/QUOTE]He has even gone as far as to kick out at me if I make him wait for his milk as I secure the gate behind me. I have smacked his rump on several occasions for this, but sometimes he will still represent his hindquarters. Any tips?[/QUOTE]

- I have read about having them turn and face you by swinging a rope at their hindquarters, but he either walks/trots off, skitters away, or spins the other direction. Thoughts?
     
    05-03-2012, 05:17 PM
  #39
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My orphan baby did that once to me.She immediately got a smack on the rear with lead rope.She was pissed about that & tried it again. I kept her moving around the stall until she turn to face me.If she turned away when I approached then round & round she went again till she stood faced me showed me respect & didn't dare turn her bum to me in threatening manner. She is now 11mths old & from that day has never tried it again
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    06-28-2012, 01:56 PM
  #40
Foal
Update: Foals are doing great. Legend is three months now and Finn is two months. They are healthy and getting big. They halter, lead, pick up their feet, they had the farrier out and were a lot better than I thought they would be. They groom, flyspray, stand to be sponged off, and move over to the side with just a brush of my hand on their hip. And, we are working on standing back and not mugging me for their milk or grain. Some days are better than others though. *sigh*

Anyway, I had a question. I know foals like to explore with their lips, but it has gotten to where they try to nip at my skin or clothes and sometimes they get me with their teeth. I try to discourage this with a firm "No!", pushing their head away, flicking them in the mouth, or "biting" their lower lip with my fingers. Sometimes it seems to work, sometimes it doesn't, and they just try again another time. What should I do so they won't be scared or me, but learn to respect boundaries? Any ideas/thoughts/tips would be helpful. Thanks.
     

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