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post #11 of 15 Old 04-05-2013, 04:28 PM
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Put the leadrope on him, and move the mare around in the stall. give the lead rope a tug to let him feel it , then release to go forward, and use your hands to push his hindquarters around. Go both ways, then come back and do it again after a break. Then I would try taking him out of the stall into the barn, but give him the basics first.
You don't want to put Delilah on the defensive and wind up getting hurt because you have the colt!

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Ok, I'll try that thanks! What do I do if he resists, or worst case flips out and pulls back, falls down, etc
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-05-2013, 05:18 PM
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Since you don't have experience breaking colts to leading, I'd use a butt rope. You can hold him with it. If I were to use one, I'd actually loop it around his chest in a figure 8 type thing so he can't go forward or back without you. If he is frightened of you, just rub on him until he is more relaxed.
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Ok the lead rope and restraining did not go well at all! He flipped the heck out. I thought for sure we had ruined our relationship with my foal. However, once he calmed down and relaxed, he laid down close to where I was sitting. I scooted closer to him and just sat there for a minute, then I started rubbing and scratching his neck and shoulder. He liked it a lot, he liked it so much he laid all the way over with his head in my lap and went to sleep. My heart melted, what a forgiving and trusting little guy. I am so in love with this baby!

I have decided for now I am just going to work on fostering trust and a good solid relationship before I worry about leading or any of that. I will still halter him, as this can be done pretty easily and without causing too much of a raucous. It's not worth possibly causing negative impressions right now. He's just 2 days old.
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post #15 of 15 Old 04-05-2013, 09:51 PM
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Aweeee...sorry it didnt go so well....but glad to hear he wasnt that bothered afterwards!! slow steps is always better in the long run:)
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