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post #11 of 22 Old 08-21-2009, 09:51 AM
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I think it's healthier for the horse to develop physically and mentally on it's own rather than have constant training from birth. What is more natural than allowing a horse to become a horse.
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post #12 of 22 Old 08-21-2009, 09:54 AM
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The only reason I would teach them to lead is in case they need to be moved or have vet care. I wouldn't teach them any more than I had to so I could minimally handle them.
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I don't want to do serious work with her - I understand that she is far to small to do that. I need to be able to halter, lead, pick up feet to be trimmed and stand for the vet. I do think it's not good to push little ones too soon, that is for sure. I just need to have her quiet and trusting for these every day routine things. I'm a big believer is hoof care from a young age, and I don't want the farrier to dislike trimming her because of her behaviour. I also worm and vaccinate on a tight schedule, so she needs to be able to handle these things without fighting.
I only wish I could keep her on pasture full-time, but I can't. The Paddocks with shelters are full of off-season racehorses, most of whom are studs, so it wouldn't work out!
I just don't want anyone to think I want to like "work her". I just want to form a trusting relationship with her and avoid turning situations into a fight.

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Good luck with your filly. I hope you have heaps of fun training her and building a relationship with her.
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post #15 of 22 Old 08-21-2009, 09:42 PM
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I actually think it would be a good idea to do work with her like discussed and then allow her to have time out in the pasture with other horses so she can grow up. Take the best of both worlds- training and letting her be.
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With babies, I do like to get them used to handling, so things are easily done with them; but I also like alot of turnout. As long as you get a solid foundation of ground work done on her (haltering, leading, handling feet, etc), the rest will be easy later on.

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post #17 of 22 Old 08-22-2009, 09:49 AM
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^^ I agree :)
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post #18 of 22 Old 08-22-2009, 10:05 AM
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i agree that you need to build a bond with this weanling. i have 2 foals and they are as differnt as night and day. my stud colt is very personable wants to be with me and my filly is a little more standoffish i think this is because she cut her leg up real bad at a week old and then i had to call the vets out to put her to sleep so that they could sew it up. it healed nicely but because of that first type of handling i am having to start over with her. but caddo is helping alot because when he comes up she comes up so i pet them both. caddo will already let me pick up his four feet. caddo was halter broke at a week old but i took his halter off because it was too small but i can put my hands all over him even between his legs. i do that so that if a branch gets caught between his back legs he will not panick and stand there until i can get it out from underneath him. maggie is learning to accept me again because of caddo. i take it very slow and only work on a lesson for about 5 minutes at a time because their attention span is not long as well. many times though i go out and watch them in the field at play and see how they interact with each other then i try to mimic that as well.my best advice though is to take it slow.
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well first of all u got to think how am i going to catch her with out freakin her and forcing her. i just got a weanling and the owner could never catch him he knows nothin

its called clicker training u see u can not lundge him if he is naughty u want her to like u see u and nicker, walk in the paddock and sit there with her feed bucket she will come over is she feels right give her time. and bout getting her use to u well first thing u want her to beable to halter and want to not forced thats when clicker comes in let her sniff the halter dont hide it the when she does give her a treat soo she thinks "wow if i touch the rope thing i get food" so eventully she will be like " ow her is my play mate i hope she has that rope thing so i can have a treat" my little fella now comes runing to the halter. then when she come friendly to u play friendly games this is were parelli comes in handy get the end of ur rope and throw it over her show her is alright any way thats how i would do it hope i helped.
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well first of all u got to think how am i going to catch her with out freakin her and forcing her. i just got a weanling and the owner could never catch him he knows nothin

its called clicker training u see u can not lundge him if he is naughty u want her to like u see u and nicker, walk in the paddock and sit there with her feed bucket she will come over is she feels right give her time. and bout getting her use to u well first thing u want her to beable to halter and want to not forced thats when clicker comes in let her sniff the halter dont hide it the when she does give her a treat soo she thinks "wow if i touch the rope thing i get food" so eventully she will be like " ow her is my play mate i hope she has that rope thing so i can have a treat" my little fella now comes runing to the halter. then when she come friendly to u play friendly games this is were parelli comes in handy get the end of ur rope and throw it over her show her is alright any way thats how i would do it hope i helped.
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