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post #1 of 3 Old 06-26-2010, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question Needing Advice On Raising A Halter Horse

My mare had a horse colt in April and I am wanting to stand him in halter starting in Nov/Dec. What steps do I need to start taking now to make sure the colt and I are both ready come show time? He is broke to lead (has been since a few days old), have started him on Omolene 300 plus adding a grow colt supplement, standing him in the stall during the day out of the direct sun (mare with him), scheduled to see a master farrier in a few weeks, backing him a little to help build loin and butt muscles, body clipped and banded mane, added MTG to help tail and mane growth, and trying to teach him to square up. What else do I need to do or not do or what am I overlooking? Please help! I'm new to the halter horse scene and need advice.
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-26-2010, 01:51 PM
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Sounds like you have a lot of bases covered - would suggest that you now get him used to everything - condition him to trust you and not to worrry about flags, people, dog barking ... (things that may happen at a show and more) - make sure that you are in situations that you can win because the worst thing is to have a bad experience (for you and the colt). One of the best colt trainers I have ever seen is Larry Patterson of VanBert Farms. If you go to their site (, you should be able to find a video of Larry training a colt. Larry wins at halter classes because he has colts with good conformation for halter classes but, most importantly, because he has worked with his colts in every situation so that they stand naturally. Best of luck.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-26-2010, 02:15 PM
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Let him exercise. I've seen for-halter babies ruined by being stalled--- stunted, never develop the bone they should, mentally restricted. Please don't sacrifice your youngster for a pretty picture. A good judge will always overlook an honest scrape from an athletic colt.
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