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    08-08-2011, 04:27 PM
Starting My Colt

I just got a mini colt who was hardly messed with at all for the first 2 months of his life. The day I picked him up (Saturday) was his first day they had ever put a halter on him. I know he should've been worked with basically from day 1 but his owners (amazing people by the way) didn't have a lot of horse experience and didn't realize what needed to be done and I don't think they didn't have the time. Today was the first day I got to work with him. I coaxed him with some grain (is that OK..... to use food to get him to come to me?) and caught him with his way-too-big halter. He pulled against me but I held him. I had another smaller halter ready that I wanted to put on him. I put the leadrope around his neck like I would any other horse and unbuckled his big halter and put his small one on. He did OK but after a minute broke into a fit and reared and pulled. He would be fine for a while then do it again. He came down on the ground several times. I didn't want him to hurt himself but knew I couldn't let him go. I sacked him out with a halter and my hands on both sides of his body. I picked up both front feet then immediately set them back down. I blew into his nostrils a few times and he sniffed me. I kept the session short and ended on a good note and he just stood there for a minute, shocked by the experience. I don't have a lot of foal experience (well, basically none at all). I basically just told you today's entire training session. Is there anything I did wrong or should do different or anything I am not doing that I should be doing? I really want to make sure I do this right. Thanks!
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    08-08-2011, 05:06 PM
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    08-08-2011, 05:16 PM
Originally Posted by poundinghooves    
Is there anything I did wrong or should do different or anything I am not doing that I should be doing? I really want to make sure I do this right. Thanks!
If you have no experience and really do want to bring this little guy up right, I would get a trainer to help you. Do it now before it is too late...
Good luck!
    08-08-2011, 06:14 PM
Outnabout- I totally agree but I really can't get a trainer ($$$). I know you're probably thinking "WHY did she even get a colt in the first place if she has no experience". I would think that too. But the situation is different.... if you read his mom's profile (Goldie) you will see how it all happened and there was really no way to avoid getting him.... except not getting his mom which also wasn't an option because of how special this mare is too me (long story but I explain it all on Goldie's profile).
    08-08-2011, 06:38 PM
If you can't afford a trainer then I would suggest going somewhere to watch onecause you don't want to create more problems or get hurt
    08-08-2011, 06:44 PM
OK, well I'm glad that the little one has someone who cares about him. I have John Lyons' book BRINGING UP BABY and find it very detailed and well-illustrated. If you can get a copy of that, it would help. I'm like you, don't have experience with raising/training little ones and have a 5 month old weanling. My BM is helping me with him.
    08-09-2011, 09:04 AM
Rob- He's really little (he's only a 2 month old mini) and when he rears or fights he's doing it to get away from me and he backs way to the end of the leadrope. He's not trying to hurt me so I'm not so much worried about me getting hurt as I am him getting hurt. If I can find a trainer near by who is training a colt I will try to go watch- that's a great idea!
Outnabout- I got "Bringing up Baby" from the library and it is a great book! Between books and forums I am trying to do this right. My riding instructor would definitely try to help me if I called her with a question but I don't know how much foal experience she has either. Basically I just created this post and tried to explain the training session the best I could in case their was something I was doing terribly wrong!
    08-09-2011, 09:27 AM
Just remember,a horses first instinct is fear of flight,meaning it wants to get away.keep yourself kinda low,if youcan in a small area and let this baby come to you and learn to trust you.
    08-09-2011, 09:32 AM
I don't see that you did anything wrong. You had a goal in mind and you reached it. Most importantly you used common sense to guide you.
    08-10-2011, 08:57 AM
Originally Posted by candandy49    
I don't see that you did anything wrong. You had a goal in mind and you reached it. Most importantly you used common sense to guide you.
That makes me feel so much better- thanks! Thank you, thank you I feel much better about how I did it and feel more ready to go work with that colt today! Yesterday, he knew what I was up too and I couldn't get him to come to me but now he and his dam are in a sectioned off place in the pasture so I can work with him more easily.

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