So, we got a call a couple days ago about 2 horses that wondered up in a lady's yard and had been there a couple weeks. Our town is extremely small, so are the towns near by. No one is missing any horses, but this lady wanted them off her land (which is not fenced in).. it was a momma and a foal (about 6 months old).. so we took the trailer over (my room mates have 3 horses), we have 27 acres. We got baby trailered after an hour of trying.. but momma would not trailer, its only about 8-10 miles from this ladies house to ours, so we decided to walk momma. Got about 1/2 a mile up the road and momma dead stops.. soon we realize that she stopped because she had another baby (who was running up to catch up).. so we walk momma and the one baby on home. Got them in the pasture and have had them here 4 days now. We've posted fliers, on craigslist, called near by towns shelters, etc.. no one is claiming them. We have an animal control coming out next monday and if no one claims by then, he is going to write out a paper giving us ownership. My room mates are going to keep momma and one baby, and the other baby, I am keeping! I have not had a horse in 14 years.. while I do help with their horses (which are all rescues), I am still new to this. They have never had a foal, so they are new to that, too! Momma is a great horse.. lets us pick up her feet, she saddles up, leads, she knows her turns. We have not actually gotten up on her in the saddle, but I am sure she would do fine! Babies have not been messed with at all and it shows. I've done lots of reading and have been going out to sit in the pasture and waiting for them to come to me. I can now touch and rub them without them running off, but as soon as they see the halter, they walk away. They will not take treats, so so far, that will not work to help.
Is there anything I can do to help or make it easier to be able to halter them? We actually did halter one but she would not move with it on. She was frozen still. So we removed it and she was fine after it was off. I do not want to traumatize them as I have read at their age, it could be very traumatizing. I am absolutely falling in love with them.. I want the best for them. We are currently clearing more land to make another pasture to separate them from momma and the others to help a little. But until that is done, I will go as slow as needed.
As I said, I am new to this and any and all advise is welcomed.. I just want to get it right and do right by them.
We named momma KaSigha', one baby is KaSay, and my baby is named Kenta.. the 3 they already had are Red, Gracie, and Star. They had another one that was euthanized a couple weeks ago name TicTac (he was also a rescue that wouldn't hold weight). He went down at 8am and the vet gave him 2 shots an hour apart about 5pm to see if that would help get him up, it got him up for about an hour then he went down again, so the vet euthanized him at 9pm. He was starved severely before he came here. Red was abused as well, he does not trust easy and only a select few can touch him. Star baby, came here, the vet said she was about 200 lbs under weight for a none pregnant horse and under 2 years old..2 months later, dropped a foal.. the foal died. Gracie came with Red.. other than being overly attached to Red, seems fine.
Anyway, just thought I'd see if I could get some advice on foals on training, feeding, everything for 6 month old foals.