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post #1 of 8 Old 10-16-2009, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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First day with foals, should i leave them alone??

well im just trying to plan everything for when my foals come home. i will be putting them into a stable together for the first two weeks until they are halter trained and i can lead them, they will have limited turnout in a small field that can be connected to the stable. on the day they arrive should i put them in the stable with food and water and just leave them to settle in or should i spend some time in there with them, want them to bond with me but dont want them to associate me with any scary memories of travelling for the first time. i saw them in a trailer before and they were both shaking really bad and sweating up.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-16-2009, 02:57 PM
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you need to imprint them, so play with them asap, and as much as possible. they need more then a small turnout. you risk having babies with underdeveloped muscles if you dont give them ample space to run and play.
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-16-2009, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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i only plan on having them in for one to two weeks depending on how long it takes to halter break and for them to come to me, then i have a lovely field in walking distance for them to play in and only bring them in in severe weather.
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I think I would leave them alone for a day or two, just feed and water them, hang out for a bit, pet them if they're comfortable. You don't want to freak them out so they panic in there and get hurt. Check on them a few times a day if you can, so you can make sure they're ok and they can see you and smell you and know you're not scary. Then after they settle (a day or two) you can start to handle them, touching them all over. Everyday you can maybe do a little more with them to get used to people and being touched and handled and having the halter on. Just take it easy and don't rush. You're starting the foundation of their training.
Good luck and enjoy playing with them.
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-16-2009, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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im so excited about getting them i just cant wait, and dont want their first impression of human contact to be horrible and scary, alicia, i think i might follow your direction and let them settle in for a bit before i start anything, im in no rush.
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-16-2009, 07:47 PM
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Just make your time with them pleasant, try to get them to eat from you hand and rub them (my colt loved for me to massage his hind quarters, right after we separated him from his mom). Let them associate you with comfort first.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-16-2009, 08:06 PM
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I know scratching by the withers is a social thing with horses and good bonding. With some horses they will rub their top lip on your hand as if they were doing the same thing to another horses withers.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-23-2009, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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foals are coming tomorrow and im so excited, am going to let them settle in and feed them, hay is hung up and water is just filled, cant wait to meet my new babies
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