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    07-19-2012, 12:56 PM
  #11
Foal
Thank you LetAGrlShowU. I am very bias to pitbulls/bullies. I do a lot of rescue with them and have for 5 years now. I will have other breeds if they need help, but I won't have a day in my house without a pitbull.
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    07-19-2012, 01:01 PM
  #12
Foal
Whisper22.. the other foal is the same age. Our vet put them at 5-6 months old. If they are not twins, then I should prob be out looking for more loose horses!

We THINK what happened was, SPCA has been in town A LOT lately.. we think - maybe - someone was over their limit for the space they had and feed wise and dumped them to keep from getting into trouble. When they showed up, a crap load of designer dogs were dumped too! The shelter thinks the dogs were kennel dogs because they were obviously bred to no end. We figure that is why no one has claimed them.. so not to bring attention to the situation. (which is sad, but tends to happen a lot).. when they first showed up, the mom and one baby was underweight.. just hanging around the ladies yard, they started gaining weight.
     
    07-19-2012, 01:11 PM
  #13
Yearling
How strange!

Well I have a 3 month old foal. He had some interaction, but not a ton before he was brought to me. Mostly he was put out with momma to do some growing.

I took several weeks of just getting to know my foal, getting him to trust me enough to come up and let me mess with his face and pet him all over. Then I would put a soft cotton rope around his shoulders and just gently encourage him to step forward. All that went really well.

But when the halter came into the picture, he'd get tired of the "game" and back off. So I started feeding he and his mother in a stall together, and while he ate, I'd put the halter over his nose and let him eat through it. Slowly he got used to me doing that, and I was able to put the strap over. He'd pull away some, but with persistence, he'd eat and forget I was there.

Finally he stopped paying attention to me messing with his head while he ate, and I was able to buckle the halter.

It was like magic. It was like after that he just accepted it and didn't care. We're now working on leading forward with the butt rope. =)

But it definitely helped me to isolate them from all the commotion of the big pasture and other horses. In a confined space, I was able to work with him in a space too small for him to really run off, and kept his attention.
     
    07-19-2012, 01:19 PM
  #14
Foal
ThirteenAcres, Separating them really helped? I can move her over to a smaller pasture but we do not have stalls (they use a carport type thing for shelter). I plan to buy a small double stall, but with the vet bills right now for this horse, it will be a month or two before I can. I never really planned to get a horse of my own for awhile, until I - myself - was completely ready with everything I needed (barn, etc), but I guess someone higher seen it more fit to do so now than later! If a stall is extremely important.. I can borrow the money and do so now, but with my roommates going 2 years without one, I didn't see no rush!?!?
     
    07-19-2012, 01:21 PM
  #15
Trained
Hi fellow Arkansan!
I'd be sure that both foals are nursing right now! If they aren't twins then the one that isn't will need to be watched closely and have a monitored diet.
Way to go, I know things are getting REALLY tough around here with the drought and I've heard a ton of stories about dumped and loose horses.

You must post photos of the found horses! Dying to see them!
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    07-19-2012, 08:19 PM
  #16
Trained
Be careful with sweet feed. I personally wouldn't be giving it to youngsters. Oats and hay (with alfalfa/lucerne preferably as it contains a good balance of protein and calcium - perfect for young, growing horses).
You can get very good balance pre-mix youngstock feeds, my youngster has been on Prydes Biomare since he was weaned, and has done exceptionally well on that, with some lucerne and ad lib meadow hay.

Just avoid the sweet feeds if possible, it's like feeding a human baby a bucket load of sugar!
     
    07-19-2012, 08:51 PM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Menzie3    
ThirteenAcres, Separating them really helped? I can move her over to a smaller pasture but we do not have stalls (they use a carport type thing for shelter). I plan to buy a small double stall, but with the vet bills right now for this horse, it will be a month or two before I can. I never really planned to get a horse of my own for awhile, until I - myself - was completely ready with everything I needed (barn, etc), but I guess someone higher seen it more fit to do so now than later! If a stall is extremely important.. I can borrow the money and do so now, but with my roommates going 2 years without one, I didn't see no rush!?!?
Yes! There was no way I was getting the halter on my foal in the pasture with the others. There were too many places to run off and get distracted.

The stall has worked wonders. I've made it part of my feeding routine. I put he and momma together, feed them both, and work while he's eating. Then when they're done, I snap a lead on and take them to the back pasture for a little work
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    07-19-2012, 09:06 PM
  #18
Weanling
I have no clue about raising young horses, but I second that pits/bullies are the best. I grew up in aa country where they're forbidden (Germany), and now enjoy every minute that I can finally have a bully.
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    07-19-2012, 09:19 PM
  #19
Yearling
Dumping horses? Sometimes I wonder how people can be so cruel. Good luck with those babies. Flamenco was a real bugger with his halter (Andalusian foal I worked with), but he's really food motivated so he got used to it right quick.

Since people are talking about Pit Bulls (two words...it's a peeve - American Pit Bull Terrier...it doesn't magically become one word when you shorten it), I've never been a PETA fan but what they're doing recently is really making me angry. They're advocating euthanizing in all shelters/rescues and banning breeding them (essentially they want to wipe the entire breed off the face of the earth to "protect" them...because we all know that every single Pit Bull is abused).
     
    07-20-2012, 04:28 PM
  #20
Weanling
If you want to get stalls to feed them in, that's cool. I personally wouldn't get stalls just to bring them in at night. It really is best for most horses to stay out 24/7, especially for babies since they're growing and their hooves are still stabilizing.
Do make sure all the horses have correct hoof care. You can mess up a baby's legs if their hooves grow all wonky. Make sure to deworm Mama (check the dewormer warnings to make sure it's ok to give if the foals are still drinking milk).
     

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