Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Is there any general times when a foal goes through major growth spurts, or is it very individual? Our 2 and a half month foal (blizzard) seems huge to me right now in proportion with his parents, and I am wondering if they just go through the majority of their growth really early and then level out for a while.
Also, from the first week he was born, blizzard has been eating with mom more and more. At this point he eats her entire meal (hay and grain) with her, and is just as excited about being fed as she is. He grazes all the time also. I know he is growing, so that makes sense that they would both be very hungry, but he does not seem to nurse a whole lot. Is this normal?
What is the best way to go about reprimanding/correcting blizzard when he nips? Rears up and strikes? Pulls on the lead rope in an attempt to muscle his way to where he wants to be (which he is nearly strong enough to do now)? He is an only foal, so I think he thinks it is a good idea to play with us humans because he does not have another young one to do it with...we have never let him think is was acceptable, and he is much better than he used to be, but I would like to keep improving his behavior.
The other day, I went to let him nurse (while on halter and lead) because he made toward mom like that is what he wanted, but he changed plan last second to rear up on mom's butt with his forelegs, and whapped her rider pretty good in the hip with his hoof.
He has a very sweet, friendly, BUT bold personality, and does not even acknowledge verbal scolding for unacceptable behavior...
Anyway, he is progressing and improving everyday, but I would appreciate any helpful hints for keeping him out of trouble.