I was just wondering when most people start introducing the foal to a halter? My trainer is going to help me since this is my first foal, but I just wanted to hear what other people do. Also, how soon can you start touching and interacting with the foal? I want to have a special connection with this foal, as corny as that sounds. Lol. So any suggestions are greatly appreciated!! Thanks
I put the halter on usually the day after they are born. I don't leave it on but do put it on and off daily. As for touching and interacting I let mom bond with the foal first and then I'm in the stall helping the foal nurse and imprinting them.
I take the cue from the mom but am usually able to at least touch the foal first day...after that when I am grooming, feeding etc the mare I try to include the baby....I do the same as Tracy with the halter and within a week do some leading with a butt rope.... As soon as I see the foal trying to eat out of Mom's feeder, I put a very small amount of Strategy in a separate bucket and offer to the baby, soon they are running to me for a treat and this naturally leads to creep feeding....and associating me with good things...
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