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post #1 of 18 Old 10-24-2014, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Getting Foals Tommorow!!

So after a long unessicary wait, I'm am finally getting my foals!! Don't worry, I am deffintly NOT new to horses, but I am to foals!
My two foals are beautiful paint colts, at 6 months old in a bad situation that I will soon be rescuing them from. But thats another story.
So. I'm driving 7 hours for these foals, and I was planning to feed them grass, I little water soaked bran-ceral for water, and I have straw on the ground so they don't step in their pee. I'm bringing an emergency kit with bandages, but I had the horrible thought one of the foals may try to lay down in my two-horse trailer. Could this happen?? Also, my trailer divider is only about 10HH high. They should be taller than that, do you think? Also, this is their first trailer ride, is there anything I should watch out for?
At home, I have foal-proofed the place they'll be staying, and my other horses will be kept away. I wasn't going to give him any foal grain, I heard that can have some bad effects. I put a basket ball and a hardy stuffed toy on a rope for them to play with, access to fresh water and shade, all that common stuff. Anything eles?
Now names: I wanted them to cordinate, and I wabted them to have show names with their barn names in them:
Rocket to the Moon & Ace of Spades (Ace & Rocket)
Pirates Treasure & 14 Karat Gold (Karat &Treasure
Black Jack & Making it Rain (Jack &Rain)
What do you think? I can't post pictures from my phone, but I will later.
Please I need tips on everything and anything foal! But what I don't need is negative comments, just help.
Thank you!
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-24-2014, 11:16 AM
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I think Karat and Treasure is really cute.

Good luck with your new babies! I would love to see pictures when you can.

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post #3 of 18 Old 10-24-2014, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Also, how in the world am I going to get an not-halter trained, half wild foal from his pen in to his trailer, and vis versa???
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post #4 of 18 Old 10-24-2014, 11:49 AM
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Being 6mo they should be halter trained!! You'll either have to A) Do a bit of training there, B) Rope them and carefully lead them/coax, or C) Wear everyone out and force the foals into the trailer. :/

I like Karat and Treasure too.

The dividers should be tall enough.
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post #5 of 18 Old 10-24-2014, 12:02 PM
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A 6 month old can not balance in a trailer tied. Remove the center divider, back your trailer up to the gate, halter the foals (I like them haltered in case of an emergency but not necessary), drive them into the trailer and let them ride together loose. When you get home, back up to their pen, open the trailer door and let them come off the trailer in their own sweet time. If the back does not fully close, you need to find another trailer. You will have plenty of time to halter break them once they get home. Don't add to their stress by trying to work with them until they are settled in.
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post #6 of 18 Old 10-24-2014, 02:55 PM
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Good information in this article that may help. Foal Handling And Restraint |

Is there any chance of bringing help along? Getting a local vet to meet you there to sedate them for the trip, perhaps? Introducing them to trailer riding with a seven hour trip sounds dicey! (I'm assuming if it takes 7 hours to get them, it will take 7 more hours to return)
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-24-2014, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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These colts are not halter trained, I doubt they've been touched much either. I like the idea of halters in case of a emergency, but I'm afraid it will spook them more. They won't be tied, but does anyone have suggestions on divider or no divider? I'd be worried they would bump around and hurt each other, unless it's a good idea because if they tried to turn they would get stuck with a divider.. Alright, picture time!!

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post #8 of 18 Old 10-24-2014, 05:57 PM
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laft hand perch gave you advice, Remove that divider. Also make sure that you have some stall guards or something so that if your trailer does not completely enclose the back , they will think twice before trying to jump out the back. You dont want any opening , if they think they can get their heads out they will try to follow with their bodies.
drive them in, they will turn around and ride backwards, put some hay down for them. If you need to , hang a bucket of water in the corners toward the 'feeder' . First thing, make sure that trailer is enclosed all the way up in the back.
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-24-2014, 06:10 PM
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OP I'd be more worried about me coming and stealing those adorable beautiful foals! <3 Paints

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post #10 of 18 Old 10-25-2014, 03:46 PM
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I agree no divider, no chest bar, empty trailer. If you have a booms door make sure they cannot get caught on the door handle. Block the back.

Plenty of straw on the floor, hang a haynet that has been well soaked with water so they are getting moisture. This needs to be hung high so they cannot get caught in it especially when it empties.

I certainly would not dope them for travelling, they will find their travelling legs as they go along and might even lie down. Hence the reason for plenty of straw.

You really should NOT think of feeding them grass on the journey. If you have a seven hour drive there and the same back grass will heat up and could well cause a nasty colic. Fill a couple of small holed haynets, soak these when you get there, let it drain a bit and hand them high. Again feeing wet bran is probably something they are not use to so will not touch and a grain based feed could lie heavy on them.

They should be fed on a foal creep pellet, this is balanced in all the nutrients they will need.
I agree with backing the trailer to a pen door amd herding them in.
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