Today I bought a book called Imprint Training of the newborn foal by Robert M. Miller. Has anybody ever heard of this book and recommend or not recommend it? Also, if anybody has any tips for me, that would be fantastic. Thanks!
Jan Owen Senior Stallion or Mare Username: 1frosty1
Post Number: 1288 Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 10:11 pm:
Hi Emily, I bought that book when my mare was expecting my first foal too It is a good book. I read each time before my mare foals Don't beat yourself up if you can't do everything in the book. Think of it as a guideline. So much going on when the baby comes it's easty to get "distracted" Good Luck!
Hi Emily, there is more around in this forum about that book (lots I think!). I found it usefull for working with my first and only foal (5 months now). However, as Jan says, and I think I remember also a post from Jos (moderator) advising us to be carefull not to interfere with the mare-foal bonding, even if the risk of mare rejecting foal or not bonding is small, I believe it is better to have that in mind, and in any case stop the imprinting even if you did not get everything done. I myself only got to do half of it -never got to work on his feet-, as soon as the mare got up and approached the foal I backed up and let them be alone for a moment.
When I did pick his feet a couple of weeks later he did great, he is actually easier than my mare!
Hi Emily, I read the book prior to the birth of my colt. I was present for the birth and did the imprint training like instructed, except I forgot about the clippers. The training was easy to do and I really enjoyed it. I allowed the mare to lick the foal as I helped dry him off. The mare was really good to work with which made my job much easier I'm sure. I was able to desensitize the majority of his parts prior to getting him up to nurse. I didn't do all the training on the first night so the mare and foal could bond and rest. Also I needed the rest after being up half the night. With my husband's help I was able to complete the process the next day including holding the foal down. I sensitized the colt to moving off of side pressure, butt pressure and chest pressure on day three. I'm very pleased with the results. My colt is friendly, easy to catch and halter, already leads and ties at 4 weeks, sidepasses and backs up when asked, and stands quietly while I pick up his feet. I'm not a professional trainer but I read the book carefully and I have to say that in my opinion imprint training is great when done properly. Two years ago I tried to imprint train my filly thinking I knew what I was doing but having never read the book. I ended up sensitizing her to having her feet touched which was difficult to overcome. If I had only gotten the book sooner I would have saved myself some trouble. Good luck with you foal. Evelyn
Thank you! I'm a little nervous about doing it, cuz I don't want to do anything wrong! A lot of people are telling me that even just being present and in the stall when the foal is born is a good start, cuz I don't want to interfere too much with the mare and foal bonding. What do you think?
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