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How/what to train a mini foal

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    03-17-2010, 07:14 PM
  #1
Showing
Smile How/what to train a mini foal

We haven't had much luck with foals at our little horse farm....20 years ago my parents had to put down a Thoroughbred foal that came out with the legs bending the wrong way, last year my mini delivered a dead foal who had had water on his brain, and this year, I'm just praying to God everything is okay. We bred our mini mare again....the aforementioned one.....to our same stallion; a 10hh Welsh pony. She's due in June/July ish and I'm trying to read up on horse training, as this will be the first foal I'll be raising....she is NOT going to drop this one. However, what I'm finding about it all relates to riding horses, not miniatures. So my question is, what do you train a mini foal, and how do you go about training it? Can anyone provide me with that info, along with what age to train them these things? Thanks so much.

Btw, does join-up work with minis?
     
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    03-18-2010, 05:10 AM
  #2
Started
A mini is a horse. The only difference is you don't ride them. Other than the riding aspect, you train them like you do any horse. Hope the foaling goes well this time for you!
     
    03-18-2010, 07:07 PM
  #3
Showing
Thanks! Can anyone provide me with a good schedule of when to start training? Like when to halter-break, when to wean, when to teach him/her ground manners?
     
    03-19-2010, 01:00 AM
  #4
Yearling
You start as soon as the foal is born!
     
    03-19-2010, 09:55 AM
  #5
Started
^ Yup!

As for weaning, I prefer to try to wait until 6 months, but will do as early as 4 if the foal is dragging momma down (had that happen with a colt once).
     
    03-19-2010, 11:44 AM
  #6
Yearling
Most people recommend weaning at 6 months but i'm sure I read somewhere you can wait up to as late as 8 months.
     
    03-19-2010, 06:39 PM
  #7
Yearling
Most of the people around here wean between 3-5 months, and rarely stay on for more than 6 months. The mare's milk loses the majority of its nutrition after 3 months, so there really isn't a point to keeping them on. By that age the foal should be getting its own ration of grain/hay and it will probably rarely nurse anymore.

As far as the training, I agree with what everyone else has said. The halter can go on within a few days of birth.
     
    03-21-2010, 07:40 PM
  #8
Showing
Thanks. What about feed? How much of hay and grain do you feed them? I use Grow 'n Win on all of my horses except for my senior. Will the foal be okay on that?
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    03-22-2010, 04:33 PM
  #9
Yearling
Our foals get the same thing all our other horses get: A ration(depending on size, weight, etc) of 10% Sweet Feed and as much good quality hay as they can eat. They do just fine one it, and I'm sure your foal will do fine on the Grow n Win.
     
    03-23-2010, 07:20 PM
  #10
Showing
Okay, thanks. I want to make a rope halter for the foal like I did with my Paso Fino gelding, but it's going to be tricky since the foal's head will be too small haha!
     

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