I would love to see a topic about handling foals. I know this isn't a training forum, but it would be great to understand their behavior and how to correct bad behavior. I have two new foals and I'm a first time breeder. Two beautiful healthy bay colts! The first one born 6-3-06 is so incrediable pleasant. He loves to have people come in and pet him. (Yes, I was there for both birthes and I imprinted both of them and have spent lots of time with them.) Now for the second one, he was born on of all days, 6-6-06. (That's just great isn't it) Anyhow, he is just the opposit of the first. He likes to rear up at you and walk on his hind legs towards you, and he doesn't hesitate to spin and kick you. I'm not talking about that bouncing up and down in the back end when you put your hand on their rump, I mean he's kicking with both back legs as hard as he can and aiming for you. It really hurts when he gets you right in the knees. How do i correct this without making him affraid of me. Not to metion his dam got rather ill when I smacked him on the butt for kicking. I would really appreciate any help.
Hi Pamela, sounds like you were on the right track the first time by giving him a smack. You need to dicipline him. Treat you horses like you would treat your own kids. You need to scare him, so weather you smack him on the butt quiet firmly with a lunge whip (dont use anything smaller because he could get you!) or you read his signals that he will be giving you and scare him by rushing at him before he goes to kick you. Both these things will work and will make him respect you. His dam or paddock buddies would do the same thing to him. He may shy away and be sulky to his mum for a short time but i promise HE WILL GET OVER IT and you will have a much better realationship with him. and make sure you are consistant, other wise he will start to get even naughtier but will be sneaky about it. It should only take one or two good scares to straigten him out. Oh and make sure you tie his dam up first, then she hasn't got a say in the way you dicipline her baby!
Thanks Emma, You are right on. He has improved immensely. He is now a very friendly big guy. He does like to think of us as his play mates and wants to rear and walk on hind legs at you. We are treating him more like a grown up and expecting him to have manners and stay in his own space and out of ours. Thanks again for the help. I'll get better with a bit more experiance. Pam
I agree with Emma. The sooner you discipline him, the better. A light smack is usually enough to send them running for cover behind their mother and they will definitely have a new view of you as a herd mate. Have you ever noticed how the mare will discipline a rambunctious baby who is trying out his new teeth on her teats? She has no problem reaching around and nipping him in the hocks. Babies need discipline to learn how to be good citizens.
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