Introducing Foals to In-hand Work, with Armin Arnoldt

Your new foal has arrived, has been fitted with his pint-size leather halter, and is ready to take his first steps alongside a handler. Armin Arnoldt offers tried-and-true tips for teaching babies to lead. HOW SOON SHOULD YOU BEGIN LEADING LESSONS? You can start pretty much as soon as they are born. When turning the mare in and out of the paddock is a good start, because it is a daily occurrence and the foal will follow. Even without leading him, the foal will get the idea of going forward. WHAT DO EARLY LESSONS ENTAIL? Start in the stall; you can use a very long lead rope like a sling around the butt. (I prefer to use a single long lead rope, rather than two ropes; if the foal jumps around, it's safer to deal with just one rope.) Stand with your chest facing the side of the horse, left…

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