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post #11 of 12 Old 01-03-2017, 04:49 PM
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When you look at just how horses will discipline a foal then smacking them will be minor in comparison!

A horse will warn by body language, ears back, nostrils snarled, tail swishing and a leg raised threatening. If these warnings are ignored then full action is quickly administered and even if a mare punches a foal with her teeth rather than actually giving a bite, you can bet that it hurts.
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Was he weaned early?
The reason I ask is because a cranky broody can do wonders for a foal. Or a cranky gelding, for that matter. I suggest an adult horse that is not mean but takes no crap.

He doesn't know his place and you need to teach him quickly. Carry a lunge whip or a training stick or something and keep him out of your space. It's also never too early to start some basic ground work that he is physically able to do, and teach him his feet belong on the ground or he's going to be moving his feet A LOT. I also suggest a rope halter.

Biting is something that comes naturally to foals, especially stud colts but it's not acceptable. Working him on the ground and establishing respect should take care of the biting. A pop in the nose is completely appropriate to correct him in the meantime.
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