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Imprint training question

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Emily S
Yearling
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 69
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 04:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just have a question about starting imprint training. The book I'm reading says I need to start it as soon as the foal is born and that I need to rub it all over and not let it get up on its feet until I am done. Is this correct? Or does the baby need to get up first and nurse?
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 1306
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 08:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Emily, In my case there was a natural time of the baby lying down my mare was lying down and we imprinted, rubbed as my mare licked and nickered to her baby. When she stood, about 20 minutes later I let them be. Then just stood by while baby tried to it's feet to help protect from crashes in the wall. Then again let them be for the first nursing. The week following the birth once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Quick sessions of rubbing, lifting feet, tapping, halter on, catch up and restraint, and by the end of the week a little lesson in leading. The rest of the time left the two alone. Worked for me. Good Luck!
 

Emily West, Gracie Due 04/11/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Paintlover

Post Number: 454
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 09:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Emily,
I have read his book and I have seen other peoples versions of imprinting. Imprinting is a good principal that I follow. However I have never NOT let the foal get up when it was ready to nurse.

Rubbing the foal all over can be done with a towel if the foal needs drying off. I gently rub my foals all over as much as I can but to me making sure they nurse and have a good start is very important.

For me it is hard to explain but just being there for the foal when it was born has always been enough imprinting. Of course I continue with very short lessons with the foal for the first several days.

Good Luck!!
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 1311
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 12:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I agree with Emily...let your mare and foal set your pace. When baby was ready to stand I was just there to make sure there was no real crash and of course like I said let them be for the nursing and not interfere with mother baby bonding. With my mare it was about 20 minutes that she stayed down nuzzling her baby before she would stand up....every mare is different, mine likes an audience..as a maiden she delivered with about 12 people watching at 8 pm and this past year she delivered and 4 in the afternoon with a whole bunch of people in attendance at the hospital..go figure...she is a very social mare :-)
 

Emily S
Yearling
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 70
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 11:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Do you think it's ok if I rub the foal and stuff while he/she is nursing, or should I just let Berra and the baby be alone?
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 1324
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 05:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I personally would let them alone on the first feeds. Sometimes it's a challenge for them to find the nipple and hang on and really nurse so you don't want to overload and make mom anxious. You really want to cement that bond of mom and baby...



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