My mare is expecting in a few weeks or so. I have been so excited and having been reading as much information I can find and watching DVDs on foal training. So tonight I got an hour and a half lecture that imprinting/training should not be done. The BO where I board sits there and tells me that the baby should be put out to pasture until he is 2 or 3 years old before I do anything with it. He doesn't believe in imprinting or training foals. I have been super excited and wanting to make sure that baby starts getting trained. I also want to avoid the spoiled horse. I don't want to have a little monster on my hands.
He went on to say how I am going to get myself hurt because my mare is going to be super aggressive and is going to let us near the baby. I am fully aware that momma could be very protective and I am pretty good at reading her body language. I don't have a problem disciplining her for aggressive behavior. She respects me right now and doesn't try to be dominate over me at all.
Any way long story short. What do you guys think? Should I start working with the foal from the beginning or just putting him out to pasture for 2 years?
I should also let you know I do have my riding instructor who is very experienced that is willing to help me. She did give me the foals might be cute and cuddly but they are a lot of work. Again Sorry for the rant. I do truly want your guys opinions.