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        08-16-2012, 11:24 PM
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    At our barn, we have a 3 month old foal, going on 4 months. She is halter broke, picks up all 4 feet without a problem, and she doesn't spook to much anymore. Is there anything else we can start to work on with her to prepare her for when she's older?
         
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        08-16-2012, 11:34 PM
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    Green Broke
    Um get her to stand tied.. fly spray.. bathe.. pony from other horses.. trailer.. TOUCH HER WHEREEVER WHEN EVER! Haha I have a filly now as well.. had he since she was 2 weeks old.. I have walk her over tarps stands tied.. leads.. ponies.. pretty much everything without riding her.. and she is only a year.. does better with ground work then my rideable horses..
         
        08-16-2012, 11:42 PM
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    Trained
    You can start asking her to yielding her hindquarters and forequarters, lunging (Walking circles mostly, maybe one or two at the trot) and doing all kinds of groundwork the "big horses" do....Only with less intensity, just enough to kind of get their feet wet.
         
        08-17-2012, 05:53 PM
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    Foal
    I agree with SorrelHorse, I take the Halter and Lead with all my Babys and ask for Lateral Flection and Leg Yelding on the ground that way when they get broke they have left and right down :)
    Also work on Vocal cues. When leading her say "Whoa" when you walk, cluck or say "Walk on" when you go. Agian that way when you get on whoa me stop and walk on means go. It will help being a lot safer when you start breaking.
    Also take her Places, tie her at the show ring so she gets used to being in the hustle an Bustle.
         
        08-18-2012, 12:29 AM
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    Trained
    ^Yes, definitely about the show thing. The calmest, most bombproof horses were were hauled EVERYWHERE.

    Our stud, Jester, was literally the tag along since the day he was born. They just saddled his Mom and rode her and he just went with, everywhere. He's never been allowed to be afraid of anything really. If he was, he got left behind by Mom!
         

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