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        03-30-2010, 08:35 AM
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    Sorry if this is in the wrong spot, I wasn't sure where to put it. I'm looking at foals for all-around and trail riding so I was wondering what I should be looking for since I can't ride them. I will be training the foal by myself with help from my trainer and other horse friends. Is there anything that you would recommend me to do with the foal to test it out? Thanks! =)
         
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        03-30-2010, 09:20 AM
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    I'm not sure what age exactly you are looking for, but say, a yearling, I would expect it to lead, tie, pick up feet, load, all of the general basics. If the yearling has all of those down, then that shows you that the baby has been handled regularly and consistently, which is a must-have foundation. However, one of the most important things is whether or not the baby has a kind, willing personality. You want a horse that you can work with, not against. You want him to be respectful to you and your space. Try taking the baby to something scary that he hasn't seen. Does he have a fit, and then doesn't settle down the rest of the day, or does he eventually accept it and try to understand what it is? The latter shows that the baby is willing to learn. Ofcourse this is just a general idea and there are always exceptions. Anywho! Good luck with your search!
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        03-30-2010, 06:54 PM
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    The horse is a little younger than a year old. I was more wondering about what kind of personality the horse should have and if I should look for one that is more curious or more reserved? Your information was really helpful though, Thanks! =)
         
        03-30-2010, 10:43 PM
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    The horse is a little younger than a year old. I was more wondering about what kind of personality the horse should have and if I should look for one that is more curious or more reserved? Your information was really helpful though, Thanks! =)
    No problem! As far as personality goes, it's all up to you and what kind of horse you get along with best. If you enjoy working with spirited horses, look to see if he's got a little spark to him. If he doesn't, it doesn't mean he will always be shy or easy-going, but he will probably lean to that side for quite a while, considering he's had a good home for the beginning of his life. So in general, it's all up to you and your personal preferences!
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