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    08-16-2013, 02:52 PM
Agreed, what he'll do now is just fine for his age.

The one other thing I'd work on him with is bathing. You never know when he may end up with an injury or something that will require being rinsed off.

Other than that, just let him be a baby. Whenever you bring him home, I'd catch him maybe once a week and practice the feet and the bathing so long as the weather holds. I'd leave him completely alone the rest of the time.

Though, it's hard to do that with babies and I've yet to succeed in leaving one completely alone for more than a couple of days without at least scratching on it. LOL
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    08-16-2013, 03:03 PM
Green Broke
He is cute..:) ! I think your doing a good job:)! I can't wait to get a foal. I wanna get one as soon as I have my own place( a couple years) . I raised one from birth to almost 2 years.. and then sold her sadly:/-- not by my choice.. ..

I miss it.. hopefully can do it again:)!

Keep us updated !!
    08-16-2013, 04:14 PM
Green Broke
Other than that, just let him be a baby. Whenever you bring him home, I'd catch him maybe once a week and practice the feet and the bathing so long as the weather holds. I'd leave him completely alone the rest of the time.
agree 100% You are doing well with his handling, and he is where he should be, but you could work on the few things mentioned here. After that, I can't stress enough how important giving them "baby time". Allowing them to interact with other horses, playing, running the pasture, etc, are the most important lessons. Idealy, if you give a foal a decent sized pasture with varied terrain, some other adult horses, and ignore him for a while, nature and his pasture mates will teach him lessons you cannot. The most important things for a baby to learn are;
-how to use its body,
-where to put its feet
-how to be respectful and communicate properly

I will usually work with them from birth and get them to the point you have your guy, then turn them out for the winter(I still will brush and bring in for oats if nessesary, just no actual training sessions).
then as yearlings I do some refreshing on leading, get them giving really well to the halter, leading, loading, yielding to preasure, ponying off another horse, very basic lunging, bathing, clipping refresher. I may take them on some trails, ponied off my steady trail horse, and get them used to a rope around their middle and packing around a saddle pad.
at two I like to refresh ground work, expand on the concept of lunging(still very light, less than 10 minute sessions), get them very familiar with a bit, and a fully rigged saddle with a back cinch and breast collar, ground driving, bit pressure, ponied extensively on trails, and then, at the very end of the year I introduce carrying weight, usually a couple bare back rides and sitting on them while saddled, as well mounting.
at three you refresh all the lessons you have already done, and start saddle training.
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    08-16-2013, 04:24 PM
^^^^ I agree that being with other horses is essential to foals' learning. Our little guy is out 24x7 with four mares (including mom) and you can bet he learned his manners very quickly.
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    08-16-2013, 04:43 PM
Yep, a good "teacher horse" or two are certainly invaluable tools to have around when you're raising babies.

Generally, I leave the respect training of my young'uns to my Mustang, Dobe. He's the ideal alpha horse and babysitter because he will tolerate some youthful shenanigans, but disrespect is dealt with firmly and without delay.
    08-16-2013, 08:02 PM
He's out with a donkey, & his mother, & five other horses. He particularly likes my big TB gelding. He'll stand at the gate & just watch as I'm tacking him up & then he'll watch as I work him in the pen & ride him around the lot he's right there with him. He's very curious & all my horses, thankfully, aren't mean or pushy with him so I have been switching them around to let him interact with different horses. I normally work him for about 30 minutes a day. I let him have two weeks alone in the big pasture with his dam & one of my other mare's, I went over to feed, but I wouldn't do much but just tell him hi & tell him how handsome he was, haha.
    08-18-2013, 04:04 PM
Sounds like you're doing a great job with him :)

I like that he can watch you work your other horses. Some may disagree, but I've found that horses can learn a lot from watching others being worked.
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    08-20-2013, 11:14 PM
He's coming along nicely. I like to keep him up close to the barn where he has adequate pasture, other horses, & he can watch me work with the different horses. Also, does anyone have any feed they give their weaned foals to help in growth, give them the right nutrient, etc?
    08-22-2013, 02:36 PM
Sounds like ya'll are doing awesome! I lost my first foal when he was about 6 months. It was kind of a freak accident and I miss him sooo much! I'll have another foal due in february so I'm very excited! Foals are so fun!

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