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post #1 of 7 Old 10-31-2010, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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5 mnth old colt cob

had him 4 days now and 4 days before that was the first time he had a halter on. he is very good natured and a stunning foal hes making great progress i,m giving him 2 little walks twice aday. i am tring to get him used to me handling his hoofs but he pulls waya at the moment, i am after some advise on how many time aday and how long should i make his training last when taying to pick up his hoofs as i dont want to over do it, also thinking of geting him gelded is sooner better than later?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-31-2010, 03:25 PM
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had him 4 days now and 4 days before that was the first time he had a halter on. he is very good natured and a stunning foal hes making great progress i,m giving him 2 little walks twice aday. i am tring to get him used to me handling his hoofs but he pulls waya at the moment, i am after some advise on how many time aday and how long should i make his training last when taying to pick up his hoofs as i dont want to over do it, also thinking of geting him gelded is sooner better than later?
pics on there way cheers guys
I think training should be short at this age but handling is different. I think you could hang out and brush him and touch him all over for longer periods and jsut play with him and have fun. Work in picking up his feet while you are playing together
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thanks for the advise. sounds good, when walking if we stop he seems to start rubbing his head up and down our coat as if he scratching but he does it as if hes geting unpatient? ideas
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thanks for the advise. sounds good, when walking if we stop he seems to start rubbing his head up and down our coat as if he scratching but he does it as if hes geting unpatient? ideas
I never let then touch me like that. Shake the lead or elbow him in the chest to keep him away. That will only lead to him being more pushy
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I agree, I just got a mare that will literally headbutt you to try and get her own way, its going to be a hard habit to break.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-31-2010, 05:48 PM
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Agreed, my horse uses his head to get what he wants and last year he headbutted me so hard he fractured my jaw. I say as soon as he starts trying to rub his head tell him no, shake the lead and don't let him get into the habit. it's easier to stop now than to try and break him of it when he's big.
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I'm assuming he's at your place, so acsesability (sp) isn't an issue. I would spend as much time as I could, and maybe in small doses like a 1/2 hour or so and do this a couple of times. In this time just pet and get him used to people. In this is subtle training - accepting touch all over (don't forget the sheath area - might as well get used to it now), moving from pressure, learning how to behave around people (this includes the head rubbing - he can't get away with things you don't want him doing when he's much bigger, might just as well learn that now). As for training I would do small time slots like 5-10 min (if that). I know you want him to lift his feet - well part of that would be spending time with him - touch his legs and not minding you doing it - then the other part would be in the quick training - maybe he shifts his weight when you ask for his hoof, then your done training. Baby steps and repitition is a great fountation for training.

As for gelding - I believe sooner is better than later, once he's dropped get him done. Good luck and I agree that you don't want to overdue it, just have fun and let him enjoy being with you (respectfully)
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