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    03-20-2011, 03:14 PM
foal training

My filly foal is 9 months old, I am a little timid myself but have gotten her to raise front feet, but back feet I can't get, she moves all the way to one side when I rub her back legs and wont stand still.
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    03-21-2011, 02:22 AM
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Is she tied up and/or in a stall when you are doing this? Have you started rubbing her back and slowly worked your way back to her legs? If you haven't, when she moves while you are rubbing, stay at that spot still rubbing until she stands still. When she stands still, go back to rubbing her back and start over. Repeat until you can rub her legs and she stands still. You can use a cue stick if you are afraid of being kicked.
    03-21-2011, 10:27 AM
We started running our hands over Rain the day she was born. We have too many kids running around here to have a pissy foal that kicks and bites. (Not saying yours is pissy, but I've seen way to many like that!)

Rain is almost nine months old now, and we can run our hands anywhere - even on her little udder, in her ears (yeah, in). I even had to clean out inside her nose - she cut it on something and I had to clean it out to see how bad it was. She didn't much like it, but she did allow it. We can pick up her feet without any fuss. She leads fairly well, but like her momma, can get pretty stubborn about it when she wants to.

You are getting started a little late, but the same process applies. Time and patience. And repetition. Every day. Set a small goal - like being able to run your hand down her back. When she will stand for it reliably, add another little goal. She won't learn to behave over night - it's going to take time. But you can do it!
    03-21-2011, 12:26 PM
I think when teaching horses that have not been handled it is about communication and understanding. So I think saying disobedient is definitely not the right word. In fact, she is moving away from you showing you respect. She moves away because she is confused and doesn't understand. You must be patient.

You can try standing at her shoulder and with a stick the length of your arm touch her very gently. I think that you will find she will begin to get comfortable over time with this. So when you touch her don't move it way until she is still then move it away from her. What you're teaching is you don't move and you relax then I move the stick away. You could also do this with a small bag attached to the end of the stick using the same principle. Don't restrict her head or tie her up. Let her move and then move the stick away when she calms down and is still. That way you are causing your idea to become her idea. Eventually she will stand still and you can touch her anywhere and pickup her feet.
    03-21-2011, 12:31 PM
This is good advice, but I wouldn't recommend using the bag until she's comfortable with you using the stick. A bag may be a bit too much too soon...
    03-21-2011, 12:38 PM
Originally Posted by myhorses10    
my filly foal is 9 months old, I am a little timid myself but have gotten her to raise front feet, but back feet I can't get, she moves all the way to one side when I rub her back legs and wont stand still.
She's never had her hooves trimmed???

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