It is a little confusing with two different threads about the same thing.
I will just add here that I never chase a weanling or even a yearling. I do not longe them or round-pen them. I do not even spank them unless they are already spoiled and very aggressive. It is very natural for a weanling to turn its butt to someone. They have to be taught what to do and how to interact with a human leader. If a person just starts pulling and pushing them around and removing all pressure when they stand up there and behave, they figure out very quickly how to behave around their human leader.
I also do not think a good diet contributes to babies being obnoxious. I think they need a good diet to grow and be healthy. It is not at all like an older mature horse. Babies' requirements are much greater. Just be sure that a mini is not 'over-fed' by insuring that amounts match body weight. This obviously is not a 400# QH foal.
Since this weanling is 'looking grumpy', I 'read' this to understand that he is already laying his ears back at his handler. Everything in these posts tells me that, while the OP has the very best of intentions, you are trying to be his friend and not his leader. Any age horse really needs a strong, 'no nonsense' leader. It also helps a lot if they are put in with older more dominant horses. They can teach the young ones a lot about behavior and manners.
And Yes!. You will get a lot of conflicting opinions here and elsewhere. You best bet would be to listen to someone local that has raised many well-mannered foals that are 'user friendly' and do not have health issues. Then stick with that one program. I'll back out of this now.
Last edited by Cherie; 11-11-2012 at 04:54 PM.