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The way a horse is trained and treated in its first two years - along with its inborn traits - determines how it will behave for the rest of its life. This book is full of useful information about the physical, behavioral, and mental development of the young horse and sets out the correct way of training a horse to be responsive, safe, and enjoyable to ride. Training Your Foal contains all the essential knowledge, tips, and suggestions to ensure the successful training of your foal, including:· Imprint training ·...

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Overview

The way a horse is trained and treated in its first two years - along with its inborn traits - determines how it will behave for the rest of its life. This book is full of useful information about the physical, behavioral, and mental development of the young horse and sets out the correct way of training a horse to be responsive, safe, and enjoyable to ride. Training Your Foal contains all the essential knowledge, tips, and suggestions to ensure the successful training of your foal, including:· Imprint training · First learning steps· Learning with mother· Weanlings and yearlings· First public appearances· Sexual maturity· Weaning the foal· Problems of adolescence· Obedience and discipline· First gymnastic exercises· First mounting of the young horse· And moreThis is truly an invaluable reference book for all horse owners, horse breeders, and anyone rearing a foal.

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"Great color photos . . . This is a very useful book that starts at the imminent signs of birth and continues through from foal imprinting to breaking in the young horse as a three-year-old."—Valley Country
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592287772
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Renate Ettl is an equine sports therapist and has bred horses for many years. She has written a number of equine books and writes regularly for equestrian magazines.

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Table of Contents

Thoughts on Breeding a Foal 7
Handling the Newly-Born Foal 11
A Foal is Born 11
Signs of the Imminent Birth 12
The Birth 13
Medical Care of the Foal 16
Imprinting 17
What is Imprinting and Imprint Training? 18
The Techniques of Imprint Training 22
Justified Manipulation? 29
First Learning Steps for the Foal 30
Touching and Being Groomed 31
Fitting the Headcollar 32
Picking Up Its Feet 34
The First Attempts at Leading 36
Learning With Mother 40
Walking on the Lead-Rope Attached to a Surcingle 40
First Experiences "Out and About" 42
Travelling in the Horse Box 49
The First Independent Adventures 53
Going It Alone 53
Remaining Alone 54
Weaning the Foal 56
When Is the Right Time? 57
Abrupt Weaning or Step By Step? 59
After Weaning 63
Weaned Foals and Yearlings 66
Lessons in the First and Second Year 66
Pre-requisites and Problems 68
Refreshing the Lessons Learned So Far 70
Frequently Executed Tasks 73
Remaining Alone 76
Excursions on the Lead Rein 77
Leading the Youngster From Another Mount 80
Tethering and Standing Still 81
Games and Tricks? 84
Foals Grown Up Wild and Problem Cases 85
First Public Appearances 87
Preparation for Horse Shows 88
Taking Foals to Horse Shows 89
Processions and Charity Rides 90
The Two-Year-Old Horse 91
Reaching Sexual Maturity 91
Castration of Stallion 93
Should Two-year-old Mares be Covered? 94
Problems of "Adolescence" 96
Rank Order Struggles Among the Young Teenagers 96
"I Mean It!" 98
Intensifying Obedience and Discipline 100
Transferring to Verbal Instructions 100
Stopping 103
Ground Tying 105
Moving Backwards 106
Sacking Out Training 108
Gymnastic Exercises 110
Pole Work 110
The Labyrinth 112
Developing Side-Tracking Movements 114
The Horse Develops Through the Exercises 116
Expanding the Training of the Lead--Rein Horse 117
Circus Lessons 119
"First Backing" at the Age of Three Years 123
The Performance of the Young Horse 123
Conformation Assessment 125
Early and Late Development 127
The Significance of the Growth Plate 128
Systematic Muscle Building 129
Round Pen and Lungeing Work 129
Passive Bending and Stretching Exercises 133
Backing 136
Getting Used to the Saddle and Bridle 137
Long-Reining and Riding From the Ground Up 139
Mounting for the First Time 140
The Measure of Training Success 142
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    it's cool learning expereice yo it's awsome!

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