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post #11 of 12 Old 01-11-2016, 09:06 AM
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All to many owners think that by desensitising a foal they are making them easier to break - 99% of the time this is totally incorrect.

All a foal needs to know is how to lead, now to pick its feet up and how to give to pressure on the halter prior to teaching it to tie.

Providing this is taught with consistency and fairly then they do not need wrapping in tarps, they have trust in their handler and anything you need to do with them they will allow you to do.

A foal needs to be allowed to have fun, to be a baby and if turned out with an older wiser and trained horse, will learn more from that horse than any human can teach it at an early age.
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post #12 of 12 Old 01-11-2016, 11:12 AM
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Well, actually, my personal opinion is that a lot of this NH flapping around is a bit overdone, even with mature horses.
Many of the things we do with daily care and grooming does a lot to get a horse accustomed to odd things. Moving bales, carrying buckets, going in and out of gates...normal stuff. With a youngster I'd be happy with leading, tying, catching, grooming...and a hug and a scratch.
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