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    05-03-2009, 07:43 PM
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Foal
Help- new baby- surprise!!!!

Two months ago a close family to myself bought two horses. A little black gelding and a 17 hand registered Standardbred. Well, this morning dad went out to give them hay and there were three. She delived a few hours before- they were both still wet and he was wobbly. What do they do now? They have been hands on with him- she is great with it and he is also. How do they work with them. What happens now? I have never raised or assisted with a foal. He will be big. He has moms legs. They called the vet and he will be coming out tomorrow. He was able to give them some immediate info. I told them to get a foal book to read about what goes on and what they need to do. Any help from you guys, I can print off and give to them. I did say she should have a mare/foal grain. So they are getting some supplies tomorrow. I said to make sure he is nursing, peeing and pooping for now. The vet will help tomorrow.
     
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    05-04-2009, 02:49 PM
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Green Broke
I would get two books. First, http://www.amazon.com/Birth-Backing-Complete-Handling-Young/dp/0715312847/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241463575&sr=1-1. It's a good training book on everything from imprinting to your first rides.

Next, get http://www.amazon.com/Blessed-Foals-Howell-reference-books/dp/0876052863/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241463584&sr=1-1. This is a good training/handling/nutrition book.

Both are great books and definite "Must Haves" for foal or young horse owners.

I would work on touching all parts of the baby, including picking up feet, touching inside ears, and inside mouth. I would get a leather foal halter and get that on him. Work on leading him and momma around. Take the halter off when you're not working with him.

Keep your vet on speed dial and just have fun!
     
    05-04-2009, 03:00 PM
  #3
Weanling
I would suggest having them find a qualified trainer in your area to give them hands on help. Books will help but nothing can replace a good teacher. Babies can become very dangerous in inexperienced hands.
     

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