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        08-23-2007, 06:16 PM
      #21
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Sara
    Friesian_lover, those were my thoughts too. Plus, you get the added bonus of watching them grow up and really getting to bond with them...I'm glad I went this route.

    Right now, he's mastered leading and getting on and off the horse trailer. He's learning how to stand tied in the stall for short periods of time. He's getting better about the clippers too, though he still stands with his nose in his mom's flank for comfort.

    The keuring's in September, I'll post more pictures of him then and let you know how he fares:)
    Where are you located? I am in Victoria, but I was hoping to make it out to Monroe to check out the Keuring, never been to one and I would like to learn more about them. I wasn't really considering a baby Friesian because I have never had the chance to handle a foal like that, but now I am considering it, probably something you just learn as you go along, I mean its not rocket science...i don't think? Lol Any suggestions?
         
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        08-23-2007, 07:13 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Omg he's beautiful! I love his arched neck and his head is so high!
         
        08-23-2007, 09:36 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    He is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! He is going to look just like his mom! I am so excited for you! Have fun raising him because it's something you will never forget!
         
        08-23-2007, 11:57 PM
      #24
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    Originally Posted by friesian_lover
    Where are you located? I am in Victoria, but I was hoping to make it out to Monroe to check out the Keuring, never been to one and I would like to learn more about them. I wasn't really considering a baby Friesian because I have never had the chance to handle a foal like that, but now I am considering it, probably something you just learn as you go along, I mean its not rocket science...i don't think? Lol Any suggestions?
    I'm in the western part of Virginia, so we'll be taking the colt and a couple of 3 year old mares to the keuring in Lexington, VA. Its always a good time, lots of people very passionate about their horses and willing to talk about them non-stop!

    I think if you do your homework, starting a colt or filly isn't a huge stretch of the imagination. Read, watch videos, go to clinics...all horse training can be broken down into very simple steps. If anything, I think foals are easier, because you KNOW what they've been taught.
         
        08-24-2007, 12:25 PM
      #25
    Foal
    I agree with you completely, I have had to train some very green 4 and 5 yearolds, and I think because they are much bigger and have more power and like you said before you have no idea what they've been taught, it can be a little more difficult. I would love to be able to bond with my forever friesian right from the start. I dream about it everyday and I know it will happen soon.

    By the way I love your avatar, did you draw that?
         
        08-24-2007, 02:13 PM
      #26
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    The avatar is something I picked up from another forum, I just liked it:P

    For your first foal, I think its a good breed to start with; overall, they are very people-oriented and calm natured, though youngsters will still be youngsters and some are hotter than others (Tsjerk offspring seem to be like that a lot). But overall, a very forgiving breed.

    Breed-specific things you want to focus on in training include teaching them about personal space...they have no sense or respect of it, and they want to get close to you all the time. If they are scared, they will often jump towards their handler instead of away. Also, they tend to be slower to react to signals and aids...not like draft horses, but not as quickly as your average warmblood either. So excercises to keep them mentaly agile and quicker to react to pressure are good.
         

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