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Introducing Your Foal To A Halter

When your foal is relaxed and no longer frightened by the sight of the halter, rub her gently with it and slip it over her nose and back off again.  Do this several times and then buckle it on.  Let your foal wear ithe halter for a while under your supervision. NEVER LEAVE A HALTER ON A FOAL UNATTENDED.  After a short period of time, gently remove the halter while murmering assurances to your foal.

 

When you feel your foal is comfortable with being haltered, attach a 10 foot cotton lead rope to the halter.  Do not pull directly on her head; instead wrap the lead rope around her right side, over her hocks and hold it firmly back to itself at the snap. Now it's time to teach her to lead.  Take a step forward and apply pressure on her hind end above the hocks with the rope.  When she steps forward, RELEASE the pressure. Repeat this exercise daily until your filly willingly follows you around the stall.  Now it should be safe to begin leading her by her halter.   Your patience and the repitition of this exercise should pay off in big dividends.

 

(edited version of article) by Christy Mellington


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