In truth - I really do not like that train of thought. Buzz words IMHO. We do not do the clipper/tarp/trailer etc etc etc until they are at least a year old.
We handle our foals as they need to be handled prior to weaning. They are halter broke and we can pick up and file hooves, touch them where ever and brush them. Period.
At weaning - they are turned out with my old gelding. He teaches them herd manners and does a great job.
The foals that come in for weaning are handled to be halter broke, have their feet handled - basic manners. Again - no over exposure. They are then sold or go back to the breeders where they are turned out with like age companions.
Wow, mls. I don't know who told you what about imprinting, but whoever told you that tarps, trailers, and clippers were part of imprinting was full of it.
When I say properly imprinted, I'm referring to the method described by Dr. Robert Miller DVM. He has written several books on it. Basically, it's making sure that a foal knows that people are good for them - Handling them as youngsters pretty much is limited to them tolerating being touched everywhere, which would cover basic grooming, farrier & vet work, and preferrably, getting them used to being led using at least a figure 8 rope, and I like mine to be halter broke within the first few weeks. My foals wear a halter for at least leading between barn & paddock from the first few days. That's it. If you handle them daily consistently and gently, you get one pretty calm horse in the long run. When I said imprinted improperly, I meant more in the lines of they touch the baby on day 1, then kick them in the field and don't vet or farrier them until they're a year old. I have dealt with foals like that, and if they don't have the human contact from a very early age, they take longer to understand the role people play in their lives. It is not a 'buzz word'. It's a proven method of early training. And for the record, my foals learn to tie when they're yearlings, they load whenever it is needed be it first year or later, clippers don't even enter the pic until they're saddle broke at 3, and same goes with tarps. My foals go into the herd of mares when they're around 2 weeks old. Only 1 mare at a time has a foal, that way, I have plenty of time to train 1 horse, every year.
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