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post #1 of 17 Old 03-13-2015, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a foal probably!

Wow I'm so excited! We are finally getting my firsthorse a friend and it's A FOAL! Eek! We think we are getting him anyways.
The thing is... I'm not sure how to go about it. Though he's a year old (almost) he has never been haltered. How will we get him on the trailer? And we are also hoping for same name suggestions. He is a chestnutish pinto. I don't know much about him yet, but he's going to be tall, I think, because he's already almost as tall as his mom. Also, I need some pointers on halter breaking. Thanks guys... Excited!
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How much training experience do you have? Getting a basically unhandled yearling isn't going to be an easy feat as your first.
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Don't do it. Unless you are working closely with a trainer, and I assume you aren't if you are looking for advice on the internet, this is a BAD idea. I'm sure he's either cheap or free b/c he is unhandled (and probably not gelded), but you are better off with something with at least a good foundation.
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post #4 of 17 Old 03-14-2015, 03:10 PM
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When a horse is almost a year old, it is no longer a foal.

I hope you can find someone to help you in person. It is very easy for a young horse to pick up bad habits if not handled correctly, and you need someone to show you what to do.
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post #5 of 17 Old 03-15-2015, 10:30 PM
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Agree with others. Unless you have a lot of experienced help on hand, I'd be looking for a horse with basic training at least, as you don't know how to go about it yourself.

Assuming you have the help, ideally I'd want to get him halter trained before you take him in a trailer, so a few lessons where he at least first. If you can't do this, are there yards, or can you make a 'race' to drive him on, and can you hire an open stock crate or a cattle truck? I reckon that's safer for an unhandled horse than a regular trailer. Ensure you have a setup where he can be off loaded into a large pen or small paddock at home, and get your experienced help to show you how to train him.

In the meantime, read up on horse behaviour & training principles
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post #6 of 17 Old 03-15-2015, 11:21 PM
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I really don't want to hurt your feelings but red lights started flashing immediately. A first horse is NOTHING like lesson horses or lease horses. And a colt (I'm hoping he's gelded?) is not a good decision. Especially since you're asking people online how to go about halter breaking and trailering him... Those are things you need to know before even thinking about working with a young horse, let alone buying one as your first horse.
I bought my first horse after riding for 9 years. She was super sweet and easy the first few months until she gained her weight back (she was neglected). Then she was seriously dangerous, mind you I had worked with problem horses before. It took a good year and a half before we even started to like each other. Point being, I shouldn't have bought her as my first horse. Do I regret it? Absolutely not. Do I love her? Irrevocably. But I would have also loved a safe, older horse.
Honestly, I wouldn't want you to buy this colt (he's not a foal) even if you do have a trainer. Buy a "made" horse to enjoy as your first, and then in 5 years if you still want a young horse, go for it.

c'est la vie
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People, unless it was me that read wrongly, this is not OP's first horse, but it is her second. Does sound a novice, but depends what she's done in her 'horsey time' & how much good help she has(will you be working with someone experienced a lot of the time OP?), more than how many horses she's owned tho IMO.
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Agree with posters above, it will probably NOT be fun or exciting (in the way you're thinking) if you don't know what you're doing. There are plenty of horse swho have been trained already that would be so much better ~ what kind of people have a foal and do nothing with it?

Is this new yearling gelded? If not I wouldn't put him out with a mare (if your first horse is a mare).

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Her first is a 9 y.o. gelding that she has had for 8 months. I wouldn't recommend a yearling and I'd definitely make sure any male was gelded. I agree with a youngster you need consistent firm handling and someone experienced to guide you through. You'd be better off with something older and ridable for a buddy.
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post #10 of 17 Old 03-16-2015, 08:18 AM
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LilyandPistol -

I did NOT mean to sound rude. (I do get very cranky when I'm hungry.)

If you need help with haltering a horse, the best thing is to have someone there, in person, helping you. Trying to explain over the internet, without seeing the actual horse, or knowing you personally, can be a recipe for disaster.
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