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post #1 of 9 Old 01-21-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hi I have a foal - Ponchos, whos mom died and now I am bottle feeding her. I've heard so many stories. Apparently they get aggressive to humans when you bottle feed them because they associate humans with food, is this true ? I don't want her to kick and bite! Looking forward to your good advice!
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Hi I have a foal - Ponchos, whos mom died and now I am bottle feeding her. I've heard so many stories. Apparently they get aggressive to humans when you bottle feed them because they associate humans with food, is this true ? I don't want her to kick and bite! Looking forward to your good advice!
put it in a bucket they will drink right out of a bucket just like they drink water
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Thank you! She is like 6/7 weeks old! I've tried a bucket but she’s not drinking, maybe if I leave her long enough without bottle feeding she will get hungry and drink from the bucket right.

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Thank you! She is like 6/7 weeks old! I've tried a bucket but she’s not drinking, maybe if I leave her long enough without bottle feeding she will get hungry and drink from the bucket right.
Yes. Leave it in several hours and change as needed. They will drink from a bucket as a new born.
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This will keep you from having to bottle feed and she won't lose respect for humans.

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To get them to drink from a bucket get them sucking your fingers and lower your hand into the bucket so they are sucking up the milk, they soon catch on.

The important thing is to get her a companion. She needs an older quiet horse to 'adopt' her and teach her horse manners.

Problems arise with bottle fed foals is because they demand food and the human never disciplines them as a mare would. You really have to be very strict with yourself over correcting the slightest misdemeanour, firmly and fairly.
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To get them to drink from a bucket get them sucking your fingers and lower your hand into the bucket so they are sucking up the milk, they soon catch on.

The important thing is to get her a companion. She needs an older quiet horse to 'adopt' her and teach her horse manners.

Problems arise with bottle fed foals is because they demand food and the human never disciplines them as a mare would. You really have to be very strict with yourself over correcting the slightest misdemeanour, firmly and fairly.

Thank you ! She is drinking from a Bucket today!
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Would not do the older horse thing as too easy for older horse to decide they don't want foal around and hurt it or even kill it.

We've raised orphans and never had any problems as they were not babied, nor allowed to get buy with anything.

The last one, tried double barreling me when I brought her bucket out to hang it. I saw her thinking about it and stepped back, when she popped those feet out, I set bucket down, got lash whip and got after her sending her around small arena she was stalled in.

Other than a try of nipping 2 times, both corrected, she is no problem. She is one of the easiest going horses in the barn, and the best behaved.

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I would also start offering a feed such as Triple Crown Growth and hay as soon as possible. The sooner she'll start eating it too, the better. It will ensure she is getting adequate nutrition to prevent any issues.

Do you have other horses on the property? You may want to find a small pony or mini to keep with her to show her the ropes as far as how to act and how to eat. Or perhaps a goat.

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