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    04-23-2010, 11:01 PM
Foals on the ground... now what?

Can someone give me an idea of some books to read to help me out? I've got The Foaling Primer, and I'm rereading it, but I'd like some more info...

I let her come up to me when I go into the pasture, she lets me touch her all over and I picked up her feet this evening, but I don't know how to go about halter breaking, teaching to lead, tie etc., and I don't want to screw it up...

And at what point should I get a trainer involved? Or should I now, since I have zero foal experience?

I'm hoping she turns into a well mannered, obedient trail horse, and I'd like to do my best to make sure she becomes that...
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    04-24-2010, 11:08 AM
Training a foal to lead is really quite easy if you start now. First when you go into the stall start by putting on a well fitted halter and then take it back off put it on take it back off play with her scratch her all over while you are doing this. Make it a good thing.

Once the foal gets use to the halter coming on and off then start by adding a lead and lead her next to her dam. You really will not be lading as she will really just be following her dam. This works better with 2 people but it can be done with one as I do it alone all the time. Just make sure that once you turn them out that you take off the halter and lead. Do not leave them on. By the time the foal gets older and needs to lead they will already know just from this. Also once a foal learns to lead and give to pressure tying is very simple to teach also as they will pull back a bit and once they hit the pressure they already know too it.
    04-24-2010, 04:59 PM
Thanks... I got her halter on her last night and that went well, now I'll see if I can get my man to give me a hand with leading....
    04-24-2010, 07:02 PM
Originally Posted by skittle1120    
And at what point should I get a trainer involved? Or should I now, since I have zero foal experience?
Yep, considering your zero experience, I'd say now! Don't know how much experience training you've had with older horses, but unless you KNOW what you're doing, I'd be finding a *good, considerate, positive* trainer to help you teach your baby, so there are fewer mistakes made.

    04-25-2010, 07:00 AM
That's how I was thinking... My farrier is coming out this week, I'll ask him for some suggestions for a trainer... Thanks
    04-25-2010, 06:51 PM
Oh, forgot to mention a fantastic book - 'Don't Shoot The Dog' by Karen Pryor. It's not a dog book as such. Applies equally to horses & gives the principles for positive, behavioural training in an easy to read, easy to understand enjoyable little book. It's one of those books I think everyone should read.

Re trainers, just remember that a bad choice of trainer can also be detrimental, so I'd be personally checking them out, checking out horses they've trained & watch them train others before I let them anywhere near my baby.
    04-25-2010, 08:15 PM
Keep in mind also that a good trainer of horses under saddle might not be a good trainer of foals. Foals take pascants and I personally will not let any one else do that work for me. So when looking for someone to help you make sure they have experience with foals.
    04-25-2010, 08:52 PM
I've also been trying to learn alot about training foals..a great resource that I found was Goodluck! :)
    04-26-2010, 01:54 PM
Thanks everyone, I'll keep the advice in mind...
    04-27-2010, 12:19 AM
Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
Keep in mind also that a good trainer of horses under saddle might not be a good trainer of foals. Foals take pascants
Yes, I'd say the difference is a truly good trainer is an all round trainer, whereas many people just get by teaching already well handled horses to be ridden.

Pardon my ignorance, but don't know what 'pascants' means & I'm curious??

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