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:) I have a foal that was born July 2011. I can get her to pick up her feet load in the trailer back out. and stand tied. I don't want to just leave it at that. What else can I teach her while she is this little that would be good for her in the future? thanks

Also, I have a 4 year old paint gelding that I want to barrel race on. I know the pattern to barrel racing but he doesn't. I don't barrel race so I guess what I need here is some tips that I could do to teach myself and Sunny( my paint gelding) to barrel race and get good times.
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Welcome to the forum!

I personally would leave it at that. Come back to it every once in a while and maintain regular handling but let the youngin' socialize and be a horse.

I don't know anything about barrel racing but I would consider getting a trainer or a coach to work with you and your gelding. They would be able to watch you ride and provide better tips from the visual. But I'm sure some of the barrel racers on here will have some tips!
 

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Thank you for helping out. I didnt know if theyre was anything else to teach her right now, but ya thanks. I dont have to money to get a coach because my dad isnt in to it and he thinks that its something that i could teach him if you know what I mean
 

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Thank you for helping out. I didnt know if theyre was anything else to teach her right now, but ya thanks. I dont have to money to get a coach because my dad isnt in to it and he thinks that its something that i could teach him if you know what I mean

There are always more things to teach, but aside from basic ground manners and what you've taught I wouldn't go too far just because there's the posibility of souring the horse. Not all horses sour but some can. It's nice to let them be horses even though working with them is so much fun!

I really know what you mean about parents not being in to it! I hope someone else can give you some tips!
 

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Actually there is something else that could be important. Get her used to you wrapping your arms around her neck and behind her withers and hugging her. Practice encircling her rump as well and do these on both sides. Should you ever need to do this for the vet she won't be fearful and struggle. This will be a real trust issue because instinctively she would flee thnking a wild cat has grabbed her and will eat her. You won't want to encircle her completely at first but do it gradually.
 

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Teach her to accept you handling her muzzle and gradually putting a finger in the side of her mouth. And do it on both sides. Also gently run your finger and thumb around the raised skin on her nostrils. Horses find this very relaxing. Later get her used to you putting your finger in her nostrils.
 

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