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Part 3: First Handling & Haltering of the Foal

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Even if you don't have a foal, the information in this video will be valuable to you in working with any horse because when you understand the principles Bob uses, you can apply them to other situations with other horses.

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Kim's Lena
Kim's Lena

"Bob and Mary, Thank you so much for spending time with my foal, Lena. Bob's method has had fantastic results. Since Bob first worked with Lena, I have had no problem with haltering her at all. As a matter of fact, she comes up to me and wants to have her halter put on everyday.

And besides the help with haltering, Bob taught me how to communicate with Lena. It is amazing how differently she behaved once I was able to get her attention. It's so simple. Everyone (vet, farrier, etc..) is impressed with how well behaved she is. I think it's just a matter of communication that we have established. It's clear and straightforward to both of us.

Thanks again for giving me the right tools to work with my foal. They are tools that I will use again and again."

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Jill's Guinness

"I watched when a friend had Bob work with her difficult horse. Several trainers had been unsuccessful but Bob was able to change this horse's attitude and turn him into a pleasant riding horse. A few years after that, I bred my mare and knew right away that I wanted Bob to teach me how to work with my foal. Even with all the obnoxious antics from my colt, not once did I see Bob treat him unfairly. I am pleased with how Guiness quickly and calmly learned to accept catching, haltering and leading. I love Bob's logical and kind methods and get complimented on Guinness's behavior whenever I take him anywhere. And yes, he trailer loads beautifully too."

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Building a Foundation You Can Ride On
How to Turn Your Foal's Curiosity Into TRUST

Dear New Foal Owner,

Congratulations on your new foal! This is certainly an exciting time for you and I know you want to do your best to "bring up baby" the proper way so you end up with a trusting riding partner.

I know from my own experience that it's very different (and sometimes difficult) to start with a foal rather than an older, already trained horse. The older horse usually has been handled and haltered. Even if you don't have a foal, the information in this video will be valuable to you in working with any horse because when you understand the principles Bob uses, you can apply them to other situations with other horses.

You can read articles in horse magazines about handling and haltering a foal but it's hard to understand HOW to do what the article says by just reading about it. And there's rarely any explanation as to WHY you should be doing what it says.

When my mare produced her first foal, I tried to do what I had read about but I wasn't happy with the results I got. Yes, I did get the halter on the foal but I had to use force to do it and the foal didn't want me near her after the experience. I knew there must be a better way but didn't discover it till I met Bob and learned his principles of horse training.

Remember that the early stages of learning are the most important and are the cornerstone to all future training. So whether you choose to keep this foal for your own or sell him, you should make sure he understands how to behave, respect and trust you on the ground.

Bob's step-by-step training system will show you how to have your new foal trusting and respecting you in no time. By the third lesson, your foal will willingly put on and wear a halter; safely and comfortably. Besides the end result of haltering your colt or filly, Bob's training methods will answer many questions your might have.

Some of these questions are:

  • How soon should I start working with my foal?

  • How often can or should I work with my foal?

  • What should I do first?

  • How can I keep from getting hurt?

  • How do I make sure my foal doesn't get hurt?

  • How do I gain my foal's respect and trust?

  • How soon do I need to get a halter on my foal?

  • How do I teach my foal to allow me to halter him?

  • How do I deal with bad behavior such as biting or kicking?

And the list goes on and on. The DVD "First Handling & Haltering of the Foal" will answer these questions plus a lot more!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth millions!

Let's see what's covered in this DVD.

Since the touch sense is the predominant sense used in training horses, in the first lesson Bob teaches us what he calls "following pressure". This is because the foal has to get used to us being near him and has to learn to stand still. Remember your foal must trust and respect you before you can continue. Bob teaches us how to use our hands and body to encourage our foal to stay with us and, most importantly, why we need to do it this way to avoid injuring the foal. He also shows how to avoid being kicked, bitten or stepped on!

In Lesson Two, Bob's uses the analogy of the shallow and deep end of a swimming pool to help you understand how much to expect from your foal. Bob clearly explains how to move your foal into the "deep end" yet be able to quickly go back to the "shallow end". In this way, you build confidence, increase trust, and inspire your foal to want to learn more!

Lesson Three brings all these exercises together as Bob further expands upon this foal's trust. Because the foal trusts Bob, the foal quietly accepts the halter being put on as well as being taken off.

Your foal will quickly learn the exercises in this video and will enjoy doing them. As a result, your foal will develop a "want to" attitude. Since you've established the proper foundation of respect and trust, your foal will be willing to do his best to please you.

But remember: every time you interact with your foal, you are teaching. So be consistent and correct with your cues!

After watching the "First Handling & Haltering of the Foal" video you will:

  • Understand why you need to use "following pressure" rather than "restraining pressure".

  • Know how to handle your foal to discourage him from rearing or kicking out.

  • Understand why you need to release your foal rather than let your foal move away you.

  • Learn how to teach your foal to stand quietly near you.

  • Learn why not to ask for too much too soon.

  • Learn the differece between a lack of reward and punishment.

  • Be able to halter and unhalter your foal quietly and convidently.
When should I start and how long will it take to halter my foal?

In the video lessons, you'll see that we take our time with this foal. We didn't even start the process until the foal was 3 weeks old. That's because we had no reason to be in a hurry and we didn't want to rush and possibly frighten the foal.

In addition, you may not need to have a halter on the foal right away. Since foals want to follow their dam (Mother), if you moved the mare, the foal would most likely follow the dam without needing a halter on.

Aside: If you have a colt, this is almost always true but I have found with my fillies, that they are much more independent and wanting to go explore and not so interested in following the dam.

Bob only worked with the foal in the video once a week and I didn't to do anything in between his visits. We wanted the video lessons to truly show you the foal's reactions as they actually occurred.

However, you don't have to spread the lessons out over 3 or 4 weeks. You can do them in 3 or 4 days as long as you are consistent in what you teach and don't try to do too much too soon.

You can even start when your foal is only a few days old if you want. Just be sure that you don't take advantage of your physical superiority to force the halter on the foal. If you do, you'll be leaving a bad memory with the foal which may make haltering in the future much more difficult.

What about teaching my foal to lead?

Although we didn't specifically teach the foal to lead in this video, all the prerequisities of leading have been taught.

  • The foal knows how to wear a halter.

  • The foal knows how to give to pressure.

  • The foal trusts you so he/she will follow you with pressure from the lead line to the halter.

  • The foal respects your space so he/she won't run into or ahead of you.

So, in the lessons leading up to haltering the foal, you have already laid the foundation for teaching him to lead.

You get a Bonus Audio CD when you purchase the DVD

For every teaching video we make, Bob and I put ourselves in YOUR position as you watch the video for the first time. Our goal is to think of every question that you might come up with.

Then we record the questions and answers as a AUDIO CD and give it to you free with your order. Other trainers would charge you for this extra information but we are committed to ensuring that you get the most possible benefits from our products.

Another advantage of the audio CD is that you can listen to it while driving to or from work or the barn. Or, if you are lucky enough to have your horses at home, you can listen while you're mucking out stalls.

It's true that "Seeing is Believing"

When you both see (as in video) and hear (as in audio) the hows and the whys, you will really understand how to handle and halter your foal properly.

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DVD of Handling & Haltering Foal Part 3: First Handling & Haltering of the Foal
  • Teach your foal to respect and trust you.

  • Teach your foal to stand still.

  • Teach your foal to accept your hands near his head.

  • Teach your foal to accept the halter near his head.

  • Be rewarded with a foal that calmly accepts handling & haltering.

Start your foal yourself.

You will thank Bob and your foal will thank you!

Here's to "Building a Foundation You Can Ride On" with your own foal!

Mary Delton
Mary Delton

EquiHorse Communications, a division of BP Equine, Ltd

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