08-16-2010, 12:46 PM
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How protective is the mare? I've worked with some that couldn't give a crumb less what you do with the foal and some that will charge you if you come within 20 ft. If she is overly protective you'll have to take it very slow and be cautious but do the same things as you would to bond with any new horse. Sit with her, groom her, find all her itchy spots that she loves to have scratched, give her treats, talk to her. Once she accepts you and doesn't freak out when you move toward baby do a lot of the same things with baby, but you will have to immediately begin teaching a few manners here and there. We have a 2.5 month old stud colt that I am teaching not to taste people, and yesterday he learned not to turn his butt to me and kick out. VERY short sessions when you work with him. I would start with leading, maybe teach him not to crowd you, etc... Typically I stay with very basic training until they are weaned, then I take over. One thing I will say seems to be easier the earlier you start is trailering, after they have leading down of course. Lead mama in and baby shouldn't be TOO hard to load.