I like the article, in theory. That's why I imprinted my foal and handled him from day one.
In actuality, he is 4 months old now and has a lot of "attitude." He does everything I want him to do, it's just that he has to nip and chew on things when he does it.
So now I have a 4 month old that leads, ties, trailer loads, ponies, picks up his feet, etc., but also nips, rears, and climbs on the horse I am riding. I worry that we have respect issues.
Maybe the perfect balance is my neighbor. She gets her colts as basically unhandled weanlings and yearlings and then works with them from there and they turn out really awesome. Or maybe it's just me, because the colt I am raising is my first.
What I do believe in, which is why I am ponying my colt (besides for exercise) is that she takes her colts trail riding, and by the time they are two, when she sends them off to her trainer, they are experienced little trail horses, just not carrying a rider. But they are used to the terrain, the wildlife, going over logs, up and down hills, etc., all before they are even saddle broke. It's really cool to watch and I think it is good for them.