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sophie123 10-11-2009 04:11 AM

I am getting to foals that have never been handled, what shall i groom them with? How should i get them used to being groomed? How long should i groom them for??

weefoal 10-11-2009 07:52 AM

Are they weanlings??? If so go very slow especially if they really havent been handled. Weanlings stress pretty badly by being moved and stress even more if they havent been handled. This makes them prone to ulcers.

In the beginning I would put them together for a couple weeks until they settle in a bit. Be sure only one person feeds and waters them and I would keep them in a small pen

Once they are more comfortable I would seperate them. Once seperated you can start some basic handling and halter breaking. But again go slow so you dont overly stress them

Weanlings have a very short attention span. Work like 10 mins and stop. And remember every time you are with them you are teaching them something so make sure its a good something.

sophie123 10-12-2009 01:46 AM

ok thanks

bubblegum 10-12-2009 05:31 AM

i am getting two little colts too, about 5 months old and i have the same problem, im putting mine in a large stable together and think i will be keeping them there for about a week or two until they are used to me, then i will be turning them out to a two acre field and working with them from there, they have halters on them but i want to be able to eventually touch them all over and get them used to me. bucket feeding and so on will help a lot. good luck, we can go through this together

sophie123 10-12-2009 12:20 PM

it sounds exactly like my situation, however i am separating mine because they might get to attached to each other and not me. And when i want to bring them on i will be faced with the problem of breaking a bond. When are you getting yours?

weefoal 10-13-2009 06:53 AM

HI Sophie

Just be careful with that. Like I said foals really stress when they are weaned and moved. So if you seperate them as soon as they get there you could get in some trouble with health problems. I really like them to settle in first and get used to new surroundings and then separate them. If you do do it that soon I would put them on gastroguard as soon as they get there.

speedy da fish 10-13-2009 08:25 AM

ok, i did my work experiance at a stud farm. the foals were young and were just getting used to being handled by people (they were TBs so needed to be). we used small, very soft body brushes mainly so they were discreate and gentle (didnt put them off being groomed). some of them protested slightly but just keep at it until they relax, if they dont then give them a little break untill they have settled, then start the process over.

sophie123 10-13-2009 12:52 PM

im not really sure what im going to do yet. But im going to my local stud tomorrow soo i shall ask then?
thank you for your advise

sophie123 10-14-2009 12:26 PM

my riding school has informed me that as long as they have enough feed and support then it is fine to separate them. I will look it up anyway, just to check. But im probably going to put them on a supplement anyway.

sarahsfilly 10-14-2009 12:55 PM

hi, i have had my foal for a week, she came to me straight from her mum and was untouched i allready have her leading from me and been brushed gently all over, i did it all with the use of a clicker and carrots, she has spiller youngstock with mix and chaff to eat and altough she is till nervous the clicker training has really helped me, hope this helps :)

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