by Lynn R. Miller of Singing Horse Ranch
Lynn Miller’s highly regarded book, “Training Workhorses / Training Teamsters,” is back in print! And that’s not even the most exciting news: The Second Edition is in FULL COLOR! Today’s article, “Haltering Foals,” is an excerpt from Chapter 8, “Imprinting and Training New Born Foals.” Click here to order.
In these photos I am demonstrating with a four month old stud colt, Ben, who has been fully imprinted at birth. There are two values to these photos. One is to show how you might halter a new born foal (granted Ben is a little large) and the other is to demonstrate the incredible strength of the imprint training. Ben has not been handled for three months. Keep in mind that I have approached Ben in an eighty-acre pasture and his mother has wandered off. There is no invisible wire or super glue holding him to this spot. He is held here by the strength of his training. (You should be doing this in a box stall or small enclosed area if the foal is untrained.)
Ben is a stallion prospect so I am particularly pleased with his training process. If you haven’t noticed these things, please do take note: He was approached and haltered in the center of a big field. He is a nursing foal and his mother is no where in sight. He offered only full acceptance of whatever I took to him. When I was done, and unhaltered him, he did not run away. Instead he started to follow me until he lost interest and walked off with his half sister. If I had the time, and chose to, I could harness him and drive him and he would accept it and benefit from the extra training. I will not attempt to work him until he is three years old. But I expect that when that time comes he will offer no resistance.