Some great advice, as usual! I have raised a foal, but I agree studs are different. I would definately get him gelded, as a start. Then, you have to allow him to be a playful colt, but set a few boundries regarding respect for you. You must be careful though; you have to realize (as well as him) its his behavior that needs improvement, not his nature. You can TRAIN him to behave a certain way at times (when working) and to be himself at other appropriate times. this will be a tough sell, especially to him, so get some help on training if possible, or buy a book on training foals. Work SLOWLY and CAREFULLY. As someone above said, he is still a baby mentally and physically, though if you dont start getting him taught some respect his physical could become even more dangerous. Foals are never to young to gently learn the principles of respect. (they learn them in the herd!)
"If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys." - Chief Dan George
Last edited by jdw; 04-16-2011 at 12:33 PM.