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post #1 of 5 Old 03-29-2009, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Red face How do I gain my 7 month old's trust???

Hi. I am new and my name is Kelley. I live in Texas and have recently gotten a 7 month old colt. He has never been touched or had anything done with him. He has only been weaned for a week. He came to live with us Friday evening. Trailering was very stressfull for him so we left him in the trailer overnight. My daughter is in love with him and has spent hours just talking to him and patiently moving her hand closer and closer to him. Today we let him into a pen. My husband insists on roping him and forcing a halter on him!!!!!!! I, on the other hand want to just spend time in the pen with him just gaining his trust. I convinced my husband to let me have a week with him to see if he can tell a change. I can't even get close to him at this point. So now what do I do?????? Have I set myself up for disaster? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-30-2009, 12:14 AM
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Hi! Welcome! As far as I'm concerned, the absolute WORST thing you could do is rope him and throw a halter on him. Just spend some time earning his trust. Forcing him to play by your husband's rules will make him hard to handle in general. I hate horses that don't trust their humans, and that could very possibly happen. Once you can touch him all over, and hold his face, THEN you should try the halter. Gently, and easily, and calmly. And as slow as he needs. It will take time, but at 7 months old, what's the rush? As always, when all else fails, you can hire a trainer. I would also geld him asap (unless you intend to breed him...then I would hire a trainer). It will make life tons easier. Good Luck!!!!!!!


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I agree with Steph the worst thing you can do is rush him, also I don't know how old your daughter is but please be careful. Young horses especially weanlings are very unpredictable and can hurt you easily a small child they could cause a major injury to. They are a baby and the slightest thing will spook them because everything is new to them and they don't have mom to protect them from all the horse eating monsters. Take your time with him, go about your normal business of feeding etc. horses are also very curious if he sees you doing something and not paying much attention to him(trying to catch him) eventually he will start warming up to you and trusting you. At least that has always worked with weanlings I've had or been around.

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Thank you both for your quick replies. This made me feel better. Of course the disagreement between my husband and I caused an arguement and he told me to just do it I think I will. By the way, my daughter is 9 and I have not allowed her to even enter the pen. And I won't until I can communicate with Ranger(the colt). I think tomorrow I will just go in the pen and feed him, and maybe pull some weeds out of the pen, and I need to get his water trough in the right spot. And while I do this I will just smile at him and talk to him. And No I am not going to breed him so I will get in touch with the vet as soon as possible. But I'm assuming that he will need to at least be calm enough for the vet to come near him. Anyway, we will see how the week goes and I will let you know. Thanks so much.
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I agree with the posts above. I also recommend lots of scratching. Foals love to be scratched and it is a great trust building excersize. Start slow, where his neck meets his chest is a favorite spot. Once he gets used to that move to other places. He will learn that your touch is a good thing. Just don't let him try to "scratch" you back.
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