Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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I have been present at the birth of many foals over the years,raising them.
They are born with a clean slate of mind, needing to learn about their environment.
That fact is what Dr Miller built his questionable foal imprinting around.\
Even that first suck is a learning experience, as that foal will try to nurse on anything, including a human who might be present
Foals are also mouthy, using taste to help gather information.
Like any other child, they must learn both social skills and survival skills.
That is why foals will try to kick or even bite people at times, as they have yet to learn as to where they fit, both in that herd and in relationship to humans.
They learn to involk their natural flight reaction, as they learn from older horses. While it may seem they are 'taught' to be more fearful, that is us looking at iy from a human perspective, as a foal that did not learn the 'react first, then reevaluate from a safe distance, did not live long in the wild .
We can moderate this natural learned survival coping method, by exposing a foal to many things, but we are also changing as to how a foal in the wild would become more tuned in to react, versus less, which of course, works to our advantage, doing what we do with horses, but it is a modification, because of human influence.