Foal Advice - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 13 Old 07-01-2013, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Idaho <3
Posts: 73
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by BayDancer View Post
At 7 mos, she'll be fairly big (I'm assuming she's a horse), so hopefully she hasn't learned any bad habits :)

With foals, from birth we put a halter on them and start teaching them to lead pretty much as soon as they're walking well. We never let them jump and play while on a lead rope, and we never let them "horseplay" with humans. When they're used to the halter/lead rope, we start getting them used to grooming--curries, brushes, towels, etc. We pick up their feet, and when they're comfortable with that, tap the feet with a hoof pick. We also go ahead and start teaching picking up feet from the same side (as in, pick up the right hoof while standing on the left side).

All that to say, the weanlings I worked with knew all of this. Since your baby is halter broke, I wouldn't say it would be a big deal to (slowly) go back and teach any of those things.

I'd be working on lots of ground work, although keeping sessions short. Seven months is still very much a baby, and she'll probably have a relatively short attention span. If you have the time, I would suggest 2-3 fifteen or twenty minute "work" sessions a day. But keep in mind that babies do nothing but learn, so anytime a person is handling her at all, she's learning something from that person.

I really like babies to be stall boarded too--not because I think they need to be in a stall, but leading them in and out gives them a chance to be handled multiple times a day in a routine setting.

Those are my personal preferences; there's lots of different theories of course. Good luck with your baby and keep us posted!
Thank you for the advice! She lets me pick up her feet, touch her all over, walk behind her, lead her, rub her all over with blankets, throw blankets on her, throw ropes over her back, lay across her, ect. I haven't started getting her used to brushing or tapping her feet with the hoove pick, so we'll try that! :)
BayDancer likes this.

"I just want to be where the horses are <3."
pinkbow is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 13 Old 07-01-2013, 02:22 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Neither here nor there
Posts: 1,043
• Horses: 0
It sounds like she has a good foundation already. I keep building on this and start introducing more and more 'scary' things and getting her used to them - tarps, plastic bags, rain coat, plastic horse eating barrels, etc. as she progresses you can start doing safe and simple trail type obstacles (walking over plywood on the ground, then progressing to low bridge), walking through water, open/close a mailbox, etc. all of this should be done slowly and in a manner that is not too frightening but building trust in one another. Make sure there is lots of time for her to just grow up and be a horse too though, as you don't want her to burn out. And as others said short sessions are better than long ones.

How does she do loading in a trailer?

Eventually you may want to take her to a show environment just to see it all, even if she is not showing. This can help ger her used to 'that world' and all its sights and sounds without lots of pressure so that when you are ready to show (if you plan to show) it will not be too stressful to her. Some of the local shows around me offer trail in hand classes, where you lead a young horse through the trail course (rather than ride them) so that might be something to shoot for.

You can get her used to beng bathed and clippers around her head and face (without a blade first so that she gets used to the vibration and sound).

All of my horses by the time they are ready to go under saddle have seen many different obstacles and gotten used to them, so doing them under saddle is usually a piece of cake.

Last edited by Tryst; 07-01-2013 at 02:26 PM.
Tryst is offline  
post #13 of 13 Old 07-01-2013, 02:48 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 1,824
• Horses: 0
Make sure whatever you do to one side of her, you do to the other. This includes leading, brushing her tail, whatever it may be. She needs to get used to having things done on both sides.

This is what happens when you have democrats in office
wetrain17 is offline  

filly , foal , training

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Advice on mare in foal MoonshinePaint Horse Breeding 37 06-30-2013 09:31 AM
Breeders and Foal Experts! I need some advice... GrittyCowgirl Horse Health 2 09-13-2011 06:22 AM
Advice please - loss of foal Old Gray Mare Horse Health 12 07-27-2011 08:50 AM
Hello, I'm new, and looking for advice on my foal. flamehead Horse Training 8 12-15-2010 02:14 PM
new foal - advice needed doczahi Horse Training 23 03-24-2009 05:30 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome