Working with my 1 Week old Foal

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    04-04-2011, 12:08 PM
Working with my 1 Week old Foal

I have a now one week old filly named Daisy. She is very sweet and I have been working on imprinting her since day one. I have been working with her as much as possible about 3-5 times every day for about 10 minutes at a time. I have done what I have read I should, touch her all over, pick up her feet, show her everything I can think of including a water bottle, plastic bag, halter etc. When she is turned out she does come up to me sometimes but other times I have to "catch" her and hold on to her while I rub and reassure her which I do very gently with mom very close by. I just want to make sure that I am doing what I should and not expecting too much out of her at 1 week old. I know that you only get one shot to imprint the foal right and I want to do it correctly. We are big believers in natural horsemanship techniques and are big fans of Clinton Anderson. My question is, what should I expect of her at this point? Should she come up to me or not? Should she stand and let me approach her without a short 'chase' around the stall? Or is that normal for a 1 week old baby. Should I just keep doing what I have been as much as I can and she will eventually stop being a little skittish of me? I have noticed an improvement since I started last week but this being my first horse I am starting from "scratch" I want to be sure I'm not forgetting something. Will she eventually stop trying to flee a little if I keep doing what I have been doing? Thank you in advance for any advice you all can give me!
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    04-04-2011, 01:20 PM
Green Broke
Your doing everything right. Don't chase her around the stall. It will become a game to her. Let her come to you. Just have fun and keep up what your doing.
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    04-04-2011, 01:23 PM
Thank You! I want to make sure I am doing everything right. BTW what color do you think she will be?
    04-04-2011, 01:31 PM
Green Broke
Does she have a stripe down her back? Do you know the color of the sire?
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    04-04-2011, 01:39 PM
She has a very definitive reddish brown stripe on her back that she got from dad who is a Grullo stallion. All his babies get the stripe no matter what color they are.
    04-04-2011, 01:47 PM
You are doing it right. If she walks away let her give her time to come back up. I imprint mine but I only do it for the first week and then I leave them alone to be a horse. I normally don't do much until they are a yearling and still find they remember what I did when they were first born. This approach works best for me.

I am not sure if I would work her 10 minutes she is a baby and she probably isn't retaining a lot. Instead work her for 5 minutes. You are doing good just keep it up. Don't burn her out if she doesn't want to come up don't make her.

Something else that you might want to do is at least one of those times go out pet her and let it go at that. That way that she doesn't start associating you with work all of the time. She could start resenting to see you because she knows that when you come down there to see her that it is always work time and not just pleasure time.
    04-04-2011, 03:33 PM
Just curious: why do you think she is skittish around you?

The color... we had a foal born as a buckskin and turned into a red roan. The dam was grey and the sire was buckskin.
    04-04-2011, 03:44 PM
I wouldn't say she is skittish, she just comes up to us when she wants to. I don't have to really hold her to rub her, once I am next to her she is fine. When I go into the stall she is curious of me and looks like she wants to come over just isn't quite sure yet. I don't push the issue and become aggressive and she has no problem with me rubbing her and she licks my hand when I reach under moms belly when she is standing on the other side. She seems to be getting a little better each day.
    04-04-2011, 08:54 PM
Oh I see. I wouldn't force myself on her in any way. If she looks at you then I would look away and wait for her to come to me. But overall it sounds like you're doing fine. Take your time.
    04-04-2011, 09:21 PM
Lots of "scritches" and she'll be running over to you, especially when she starts to shed the baby coat :)

You just have to find the sweet spot!

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