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post #1 of 16 Old 10-09-2012, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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My New Weanling

I recently just bought a weanling on Sunday. She is approx. 3-5 months old. We don't know too much about her history or breeding because we got her at a horse auction; the owner sold them seperatly and someone else ended up getting the mama. Right now we have her in with a little miniature horse gelding and he is doing great with her. She hardly leaves his side. She isn't use to people coming up to her and petting her, but I do think she is used to seeing people because she doesn't spook too bad. Anyone have any suggestions on what all I can do with her when I go out to visit her. I have only had her for two days and I go out there every day for a little bit. I am not used to being around the younger horses. I am more used to the 2yr and up horses so it will take some getting use to.


I do have someone with more knowledge helping me with her; she is actually at their place right now. They have already taught me a bunch and said they thought it was time for me to get a horse of my own if I thought I was ready. We just didn't plan on getting this young of one but I think it will all work out good. She has a drag line right now and it didn't take much for her to figure it all out. She is sweet and thinks things through. Let me know what you think of her, I am still working on a name.

Here are a couple of pictures neither one really show her color but I am sure her coloring will change as she gets older:
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I personally would not have her on a drag line with that kind of fencing... or a drag line at all, for that matter. If she leads, she leads. If she doesn't, she doesn't need a lead. She also needs a flat, fitted leather/pleather halter if it's going to be on her 24/7. The chances of the noseband getting caught on something, even on her hind foot, can be dangerous.


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I personally would not have her on a drag line with that kind of fencing... or a drag line at all, for that matter. If she leads, she leads. If she doesn't, she doesn't need a lead. She also needs a flat, fitted leather/pleather halter if it's going to be on her 24/7. The chances of the noseband getting caught on something, even on her hind foot, can be dangerous.
Ok I will talk with them and see if they think it is ok if I take the drag line off. I see what you are saying. I will also look into a different halter and see what I can find.
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Great! If you have problems catching her or getting her to come over to you - play the opposite game. If she looks at you, turn around and walk away a few steps. If she walks towards you, walk slowly away. It's like mini-join-up. Then she will feel more confident to approach you and sniff you. Then reward her by scratching her withers, or a place that makes her feel good. Since I've done that, my weanling comes up to me whenever she sees me and follows me around like a puppy dog!


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Ok that is a good idea! I try not to follow her around when trying to catch her because I feel like that would be kind of threatening in her mind. So far she has been doing better with me getting close to her than anyone else. I also understand she has been through a lot the last couple of days. I will try what you said because I can understand how that would be less threatening and make her feel safer/confident. She seems to really like her mane, withers and butt scratched. How long have you had your weanling?
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very nice little horse

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Oh I've had my baby girl since birth. But she was pretty skeptical of people at first (just cause we don't do too much imprinting). The trick is to play off their curiosity, and make them feel like they are "winning" the game, even though you are the one controlling it. Pretty soon they'll follow you everywhere and you'll have to teach them how to leave you alone... which is where I am now, lol. She's learned to give me some space now after I've bopped her a couple times on the cheek. But she'll do anything for a scratch!

Once you've gotten friendly with her and gotten your hands all over her, you can start rubbing her with a rope in your hand. Once she gets used to the feel of the rope around her body, I suggest teaching her pressure and release first, and it makes leading a lot easier. Here's what I had to do to get her ready for leading (and if you can find a halter like hers in the video, they are the best kind for being left on while turned out):

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very nice little horse
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Oh I've had my baby girl since birth. But she was pretty skeptical of people at first (just cause we don't do too much imprinting). The trick is to play off their curiosity, and make them feel like they are "winning" the game, even though you are the one controlling it. Pretty soon they'll follow you everywhere and you'll have to teach them how to leave you alone... which is where I am now, lol. She's learned to give me some space now after I've bopped her a couple times on the cheek. But she'll do anything for a scratch!

Once you've gotten friendly with her and gotten your hands all over her, you can start rubbing her with a rope in your hand. Once she gets used to the feel of the rope around her body, I suggest teaching her pressure and release first, and it makes leading a lot easier. Here's what I had to do to get her ready for leading (and if you can find a halter like hers in the video, they are the best kind for being left on while turned out):

Lily leading training - YouTube

Thanks for posting the video! It gives me a good idea on what to work on when she is ready for it. She is doing much better already and starting to get more curious about people and things.

Did you buy your halter at a local store or online? I might have to look around online for one. I like how that one fits; it looks much safer.
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I am still working on a name for her. I am wanting to find a name that means "Dream" or one that means "Wish" but I also kind of like Destiny. I am open to other names if someone thinks of one that would fit her.
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Not sure about names that mean "wish", but here are a couple names that I believe mean "dream":
Aisling
Ashlynn
Maya
Dreama
Sanja

Destiny is cool too though;I had a mare called that.. :)
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