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thealabamaredhead 02-02-2011 10:00 AM

foal training
 
Blissful Kira is my little Arabian filly, she was born 8/11/10. I got her at a week old and started training right away. She is great with her halter, turns, backs, lets me pick up all her hooves(had 1 ferrier visit). Kira loves being scratched all over, even her tummy and legs and tail. i've gotten her used to balls,walking on tarps, walking on wood boards, walking through water. we are going to wean her as soon as we get a breeding lined up for mom(her last foal before retiring). she is pretty independent already and could care less if mom is around. we just got a new trailer so i'll practice loading soon even though she has already been on a trailer. anyway, i want her to become a bombproof trailhorse in a few years. is there anything else she can learn at this age that i am forgetting? She is also fine around dogs and cats, she is pretty much curious about anything and everything. are there any horse games to play with her? she doesnt seem interested in ball toys. she is my first foal. http://www.horseforum.com/members/17...-pea-16812.jpghttp://www.horseforum.com/members/17...kira-16811.jpg

mbender 02-02-2011 10:13 AM

Very pretty! You are doing just fine! Don't push her though. Keep your training sessions short and end on a positive note. There is No such thing as "bombproof" horses. They are prey animals and will act as such when they feel threatened. Let her grow up but remember every thing you do with her is training. Just have fun with her and repeat over and over desensitizing and sensitizing. But let her grow up! Good luck
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candandy49 02-02-2011 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by mbender (Post 913562)
Very pretty! You are doing just fine! Don't push her though. Keep your training sessions short and end on a positive note. There is No such thing as "bombproof" horses. They are prey animals and will act as such when they feel threatened. Let her grow up but remember every thing you do with her is training. Just have fun with her and repeat over and over desensitizing and sensitizing. But let her grow up! Good luck
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I agree with mbender 100%. You could start doing some rubbing her all over with a saddle blanket to get her accustomed to being sacked-out. Just go slowly. No waving the blanket or anything to frighten her. Let her smell the blanket first. Then go from there.

thealabamaredhead 02-02-2011 10:38 AM

yeah i always keep it around 15 mins so she doesn't get frusterated, she learns quickly. she is already used to blankets, i forgot to say that.

candandy49 02-02-2011 11:21 AM

You are doing a great job of working with your filly!! She is indeed a beautiful baby. You have brought her along ways with her early training. From the picture of her she may be a tad to big now, but you could still maybe put your arms around her approximately where a cinch/girth will fit her and do a squeeze and release with your arms. That would help desensitize her to the future saddling or use of a training surcingle.

mbender 02-02-2011 11:56 AM

In my opinion, wave the blanket. Because heehawing around trying to not scare her is not good. What if you are riding her along the road and someone has a flag out waving in the air? She has to get used to all things scary or not. The more things you can do to her the better off she will be.
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