06-10-2009, 04:47 PM
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I agree with smrobs. The game may seem cute, but I would highly recommend not playing it with her. She's flat out to young to understand the difference between horse playing and human playing, and the more she regards you as a "fellow foal" at this point, the worse time of it you're going to have with her later. I know we all want our foals to love us, but it's never too young to start teaching respect.
My mare was haltered within a day of birth, and being taught to lead within a week. The younger the better in my opinion, because those first few days are when they're learning all their new things, and if the halter, lead and respect for humans is incorporated right from the beginning, it stays with them for life. Foals are just obsessive with the newness of being touched, so tons of scratches and pets when you're working for her are going to be a better reward then food likely ever will. Obviously you have to have a lot more patience, and very short sessions, but anytime I compare foals that are handled and taught respect/training immediately from birth to those who don't, the handled foals ALWAYS come out on top with much better minds and attitudes as adults.