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If he was yours, what would you name him? (Also seeking some colt advice/tips)
So this is my first time owning a colt this young (around 5 months I believe) and I had an oppertunity to have this colt for free. I'm not sure if any of you heard about that case of 160 horses on 200 acres that was rescued by some families in Fresno as well as Fresno SPCA but he is one of those horses. I had gotten him from a gal that saved him from the herd but couldn't continue care for him (for reasons unknown) so him and a dark buckskin looking filly came with him to my friends ranch where I came across him. Long story short, she gave him to me since I work at her ranch part time and have known her long time.
He's roughly 5months old and is an appaloosa colt that's starting to get white hairs all over so I'm guessing he'll be a red roan when older? (Forgive me I'm not the best with genetics)
What would you name him? He hasn't been handled much so he's still sketchy around people. Any advice? Tips? Tricks? Pointers as to the care of a young colt? Trying to make one thread so I can always go back to it and read your guys' suggestions :)
ALSO: not the greatest pictures of him, I apologize. I will be taking more probably tomorrow or the next day!
Thanks in advance!!
His name would be Chase!
It's my general rule for all horses, just take it slow.
I'm not experienced enough to give advice. That's just my guideline.
I like Chase as well, or Copper or Mooney (i only say that because i knew a horse once named Mooney who looked an awful lot like that colt)
Again, just take it slow. He is young so he's got years to learn & gain confidence.
The best thing you can do is spend plenty of time with him. If he's sketchy, just go out there, fiddle around, pick uop poop, feed them, water, play with the other horses - pretty much anything to get him used to your presense & build his curiosity.
If he comes to you, pet him & move on until he starts to follow. Don't do too much if he's super nervous, like trying to rub him all over, unless he will allow it.
You can brush him as well as a trust exercise and eventually, when you feel he is ready, start brining ropes with you and getting him used to those. Luckily there is a 50/50 chance that he will be ready for new things lol
Get him used to being caught, having ropes throws over & around him, tarps, blankets, etc... trailer loading even. Just confidence building exercises but dont overdo it.
Oh I know I've got nothing but time, and I'm excited to watch him grow into a little gentleman (hopefully, lol) He's super curious and always watches what I'm doing but each time I go in his pen, I don't focus on him fully. Ill watch him out of the corner of my eye but ill fiddle around in his pen (I.e- clean up poop, pull weeds/sticks out, check water, etc..) and you can almost see him thinking about whatever I'm doing. Very curious! I've owned plenty of horses threw out my horsie days, but before him, the youngest I've ever owned was a 2yo so I was just curious to see/hear if I should be feeding him anything special, when would be the best time to get casterated, or any other cool information tid bits I can learn about.
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Is that other horse in the pics the filly? If so, she is not buckskin, she is seal brown. As for names, I'm not much help. I usually just wait till something sounds good to me and fits.
I would name him Johnny!!!!
How about Copper's Second Chance for Gold, LOL maybe too long, can call him Copper or Chance for short. :-) I just threw that out there.
As for gelding, its usually best to get them gelded asap. My family's rule of thumb is geld them at 1yo if they are filled out. You can geld sooner, sometimes its for the better. As for feed, make sure he has everything he needs free choice all the time (hay, minerals/salt, water)
As for training, take your time, he is a baby, and give him the chance to be a colt. I did for my yearling, and he turned out to be fantastic little brat LOL. I didn't start really training him until he was 6mos old. Wishing you the best of luck with him!!! :-)
HOw about George? Full name: Curious George.
How precious! He looks like a Tanner to me :)
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