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This came up in another thread and made me wonder what everyone thought.

For me, I have to think that if the foal can be lead with halter and lead rope, why couldn't it be ponied?
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Being broke to lead isn't the only requirement. Foals don't have much of an attention span or stamina. Asking them to keep up at a constant speed is quite taxing on their little brains. Their stride is naturally shorter than the mares so they have to trot to keep up. Most foals would prefer to canter to keep up and don't develop their trot until later on. I've always just let them follow at their own pace when they are little.
 

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For foals, I agree with LHP and just let them follow. I don't start ponying until the spring when they're around one.
 
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