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    08-08-2012, 05:33 PM
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Foal
Making Training Fun

So, a lot of you know that I have two foals: four and five months old soon. Anyway, I do most of their handling on my own and I was just wondering if you guys/gals have any ideas/tips for doing fun solo things with my boys? Things I can do at home with stuff I have around my place. I am working on desentizing them to different things, leading them through an obstacle course: over boards, boards raised off the ground, walking on/over garbage bags (that is all I really have around my place.),I lead them around the yard. I try to mix it up, but they don't seem like them are overly interested: ie: plodding along, ears back. I also try to keep their lessons short. Ideas?
     
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    08-09-2012, 03:15 AM
  #2
Trained
Remember to be consistent & put 'manners' & safety at the top of your list, then go look into clicker training & ImagineAHorse for some techniques & tricks that are fun for you AND your horses!
     
    08-25-2012, 11:57 AM
  #3
Foal
Foals from 4 and 5 month old are really still baby's. In the wild they would still drink milk.

Desensitizing can be good, but if you overdo it you get dull horses. So what is really important is that you have to REWARD to foals for what they are doing. In that way you keep them interested in you and your training.

When training animals (or humans ), you have to remember that the RECEIVER determent what is considered a "reward". Since these animals are so young they are probably more interested in getting groomed (a nice scratch under their neck or whithers) than in food.

Besides desensitizing you can learn them to be haltered (learn them to put their head into the halter), pick up their feet and learn them to walk along. That is more that enough for such baby's.

But you want to spent a lot of time of course. Well just BE there. Sit in the pasture (of stall) and just learn to know them by observing them. What do they do? How do they react to other horses, sounds, movement, etc. Learn if they are bold or shy. What do they like? Running? Eating? Lying in the sun etc.
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    08-25-2012, 12:27 PM
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From experience I know that you can do to much with foals.
Personally I do not bother them much. They soon learn to be haltered and pick their feet up and lead, that is all I do with them.

As for desensitising I do not bother. Never found any need to teach them to walk over tarps or polythene sheets when they are being ridden they just accept that if I ask them to do it then it is safe and they will.

The only time I ever 'play' with them is if they have to be confined for some reason. Then I will mess around with them more to alleviate any boredom.
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    08-25-2012, 12:51 PM
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Green Broke
I knew of some former Pony Clubbers, now moms, who had a little program going for foals at a TB farm in Kentucky. Those ladies were awesome.

They took the foals on walks, braided what they could on manes and tails, groomed endlessly, basically played with them, around cones, over bridges, through mazes. They always had snacks and music in the barn.

Those foals had the best manners and were lively and engaged, and the moms got horse time while family duties kept them from being horse owners.

But, me? I'm more like Foxhunter. Once halter broke and able to be handled, I leave them be. And mine are well mannered, too.
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    08-25-2012, 04:11 PM
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Started
I go the opposite way as the previous two posters. I have halter broke yearlings and weanlings for the harness track. They would go to the sale or training at a yearling to race as a two year old. If they don't have manners they don't sell well and if they don't have manners training at the track is that much harder. So, I worked on basic skills, loading in a trailer, standing for a bath/washing. Rubbing them with blankets and touching them everywhere. Try desensitizing them to clippers or motors of all sorts. I tried to think of skills the horse was going to need in its future career.
     
    08-25-2012, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Horsegal16    
So, a lot of you know that I have two foals: four and five months old soon. Anyway, I do most of their handling on my own and I was just wondering if you guys/gals have any ideas/tips for doing fun solo things with my boys? Things I can do at home with stuff I have around my place. I am working on desentizing them to different things, leading them through an obstacle course: over boards, boards raised off the ground, walking on/over garbage bags (that is all I really have around my place.),I lead them around the yard. I try to mix it up, but they don't seem like them are overly interested: ie: plodding along, ears back. I also try to keep their lessons short. Ideas?
Smilies.. reading this you are already ahead of the game so to speak with your handling...

Already you are noticing that your youngesters are becoming used to all sorts that would probably scare other adult horses..

There is a balance between doing as you say a little ground work at a time and also letting them be, to get on being a horse ...Well done..!
     
    08-26-2012, 02:11 PM
  #8
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Originally Posted by rookie    
I go the opposite way as the previous two posters. I have halter broke yearlings and weanlings for the harness track. They would go to the sale or training at a yearling to race as a two year old. If they don't have manners they don't sell well and if they don't have manners training at the track is that much harder. So, I worked on basic skills, loading in a trailer, standing for a bath/washing. Rubbing them with blankets and touching them everywhere. Try desensitizing them to clippers or motors of all sorts. I tried to think of skills the horse was going to need in its future career.
I agree with you over this but, if the basics, like picking up feet, leading and having a halter on are done and established the rest follows without any problems.

A yearling I have, who has had little actual handling for the last six months, damaged himself very badly. He is on box rest - he had never been in a stable in his life as all mares, foals and youngsters, are in loose pens - he has accepted it all without bothering much. He ties up, allows me to do the cleaning of his wound, scrub his belly where the crud runs onto it, then dress the area. He has taken a lightweight shoot on to stop the flies getting to the area, allowed me to pull his mind whilst he was loose in the stable.

It all depends on what type of handling they get from the outset.
     

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