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post #1 of 3 Old 11-04-2013, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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6 Month Old Foal Training: BTW foal only has 1 eye

Hello,
I am getting a foal thursday and I would like some tips on basic training. The foal has no experience or human contact, practically wild. I'm getting it for free since no one wants it because it has 1 eye. Owners think the when it was born it got stuck in the after birth and the buzzards picked at it because when they found it the baby was laying in it with buzzards around it. Its a shame though she's really pretty and nicely built. Also from what I observed she's fairly calm and very curios around people. I managed to pet her a little bit when she walked up to me. Anyways I need some pointers on how to get her comfortable with people. I've trained foals before but usually I'm working with them a day or two after they are born, not 6 months after! Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Sounds like if she's calm & curious around people already, won't be a big issue. Perhaps being trapped & rescued by a person when she was born has 'imprinted' her.... hopefully not to vultures too!

I'd just take the time to spend time with her to begin with & ensure she's comfortable in your presence, then desensitise her to ropes, so you can halter her. I'd get her happy with ropes all over her body before attaching one to her. When you halter her for the first time I think it's important to do it in a smallish enclosure & use a long rope, so you can teach her the basics confidently & stay in control without her hitting any hard pressure. This is especially important with babies, for physical reasons too, who's soft bones & joints can easily be damaged - I won't tie foals firm either, for this reason.
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take your time, short sessions, no tying, reward the smallest give to pressure. Very similar to working with a foal, just a bit bigger. Agree with always starting in a small enclosure.

As for the eye, that's unfortunate, but it really wont effect her much. I worked with a thoroughbred mare this year that was missing an eye. A jockey riding beside her had went to use his crop on his horse and caught her in the eye. She was super sweet, very quiet. Maybe slightly spookier to random noises on her blind side, but if you didn't look at her eye you would never guess she only had one.

I'm working with my own untouched 5 month old and she's doing great:)
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