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Do you use imprinting or desensitization techniques with your foals?


Total votes cast: 1073

Comments & Write-in Answers

ever since a weanling broke my foot when I needed to clip him! The techniqu has worked great for me

2/11/2008 1:00:55 PM

I see it as unnecessarily interfering with a new mother's bonding time with her new foal.

2/10/2008 5:19:33 PM

Don't always go "by the book" but always get safe reliable horses, each with their own personalities

2/10/2008 4:42:25 PM

vet and farrier noticed the foals are easy to work with. "D" must be done carefully

2/10/2008 1:41:37 PM

I don't because I've never had foals, but would have prior to reading you recent article about stres

2/10/2008 12:40:58 PM

On the colts, I CAREFULLY handle the inside and outside of the sheath

2/10/2008 7:02:44 AM

take it easy,and stay calm

2/10/2008 1:21:11 AM

Imprint training is in use all over the world. If DONE CORRECTLY is 100% effective

2/10/2008 12:02:08 AM

We bred our mare twice, and imprinted them both extensively. They turned out WONDERFULLY.

2/9/2008 6:02:50 PM

We alawys let the mare & foal bond first

2/9/2008 5:50:50 PM

I had done this before they came up with the name imprinting. I just loved all over my babies.

2/9/2008 12:10:50 PM

So important to imprint with the first few hours if mare allows. Raised three - two from birth.

2/9/2008 10:21:55 AM

Waited to hand foal until 6-12 hours old because didn't know foal was born until then.old because

2/9/2008 7:54:07 AM

Except for one year and that was a mistake! Foals that year were much more skittish and avoidant.

2/8/2008 10:26:27 PM

Beyond the initial medical check at birth, our foals are handled just via pets and such

2/8/2008 8:45:38 PM

I don't breed, but anyone who does should always imprint!

2/8/2008 8:44:30 PM

I've always thought that imprinting was intruding on Mother Nature's natural way for the mare/foal

2/8/2008 8:26:43 PM

its a wonderful way to start a foal

2/8/2008 8:21:44 PM

I am not abreder right; but would like to be; I'd love to know what people think

2/8/2008 6:32:05 PM

We concentrate on the mare more than the foal. Happy mom, happy foal.

2/8/2008 6:27:51 PM

Rub them all over, talk to them, make noise, tap their hooves, pick their legs up after their standi

2/8/2008 4:00:37 PM

Just enough to dry and check the foal over

2/8/2008 2:59:06 PM

I let the foals always come to be while I am handling, grooming & giving all general care to the dam

2/8/2008 1:31:49 PM

I tend to be too busy but my mares are like dogs so the foals end up being the same way

2/8/2008 12:55:19 PM

Had a friend do it. Foal turned out pushy and bitey, no respect for people.

2/8/2008 10:51:30 AM

It's always worked for us, haltering, doing feet, and grooming are no problem later on.

2/8/2008 10:43:54 AM

Always felt foals should bond with mother, not humans! We've plenty of time, give the mare hers!

2/8/2008 10:41:52 AM

just quiet handling AFTER foal stands and nurses and is laying back down. intro to one thing at a t

2/8/2008 10:38:44 AM

Leave them w/dam for first week

2/8/2008 9:49:10 AM

my baby is calm and easy to work with. She also has a great relationship with her mom.

2/8/2008 9:38:20 AM

Both are essential to me. It prepares a horse with a life of less stress with humans.

2/8/2008 8:48:13 AM

having a well handled mare teaches babies more than any human can- we cant teach how to be a horse.

2/8/2008 6:10:44 AM

It really works when you are training when they mateure and view you as the herd leader.

2/8/2008 2:30:44 AM

I don't do everything Dr. Miller outlined but a lot of it

2/8/2008 1:54:50 AM

let them be with their mother

2/8/2008 1:00:06 AM

I always have, and with great results--after reading your last article, I may rethink on the next ba

2/7/2008 10:33:29 PM

I have had good luck imprinting fouls most of the time.But i have this 10 month old colt now and he

2/7/2008 10:02:18 PM

but I only do it after the mare and foal have had several hours or a day together

2/7/2008 9:52:19 PM

I have the most trusting horse on the planet due to imprinting

2/7/2008 9:36:38 PM

I breed for temperament. quality I wait for curiosity foals come to me

2/7/2008 9:18:04 PM

let mare take care!

2/7/2008 8:48:20 PM

don't keep messing with a young foal. work more with its dam. the foal will be eas

2/7/2008 8:40:50 PM

I handle them from head to toe and also use my clipper on them in many area's so they are used to it

2/7/2008 7:13:13 PM

Of the 2 we raised, the imprinted 1 is easier to handle

2/7/2008 7:01:48 PM

on QHs - follow Miller exactly - sensitize too or else! - less stress if vet work required on foal

2/7/2008 6:21:03 PM


2/7/2008 6:06:28 PM

my mare has turned out the greatest for it everyone loves her friendly personality

2/7/2008 6:06:22 PM

There is a fine line between too much and not enough work.

2/7/2008 5:37:09 PM

once they are around 2-3 weeks old, they begin general handling

2/7/2008 4:51:33 PM

Only after about 7 to 10 days old

2/7/2008 4:17:30 PM

Do my own technique.

2/7/2008 3:53:37 PM

Keep it short.

2/7/2008 12:43:48 PM

I do not interfeer with nature. Human nature seems always to interfeer with mother nature.

2/7/2008 12:34:46 PM

I have seen people over do it and ruin the horse, I wait until the foal comes to me

2/7/2008 12:29:35 PM

Our foals are always easier to handle when imprinted.

2/7/2008 12:00:32 PM

On B-Day we carry the foal around, give lots of hugs & squeezes

2/7/2008 11:35:18 AM

I have bought some that were and found them to be harder to train in regards to respecting my space

2/7/2008 11:22:20 AM

If done correctly.timing,technnique & intuitive tenvencies make all the difference.

2/7/2008 11:18:06 AM

In 12yrs, the imprinted foals are easier to handle than the non imprinted

2/7/2008 10:21:56 AM

never had a foal

2/7/2008 9:50:50 AM

I've had GREAT success with it...(it lets me be a bit lazy later in the animals training)

2/7/2008 9:28:54 AM

The horses that I have seen that people have imprinted usually don't have any repect for people

2/7/2008 9:23:26 AM

let foal imprint properly to mare, train for 1st weeks-calm relaxed animal no stress issues

2/7/2008 8:13:59 AM

Saw some of this research in it earrly stages and decided not to use imprinting.

2/7/2008 7:37:57 AM

If you don't know what you're doing, Stop it ruins a lot of great horses.

2/7/2008 6:04:35 AM

Use adult horse halter like a harness to minimize stress on tender little necks.

2/7/2008 5:21:39 AM

never had a foal

2/7/2008 1:25:27 AM

I only partially imprinted my last foal-it seemed to work as well as with foals I took more time on

2/6/2008 11:44:01 PM

I make sure mare is very comfortable with me, after foaling, i go in but let the foal approach me

2/6/2008 11:37:50 PM

The best lessons last 2 to 5 minutes for young foals. Don't overdo it.

2/6/2008 11:03:27 PM

30 years proved that handling newborns works! My foals were always friendlier, easier, more willing

2/6/2008 10:14:03 PM

just general handling, not interfering too much

2/6/2008 8:42:31 PM

Not to extreme lenghts reccomended

2/6/2008 8:02:31 PM

just gentle touching every day...it works well

2/6/2008 8:00:17 PM

Depends on the foal. I think they do better letting them come to you...

2/6/2008 7:33:48 PM

I do a little with the foal but mostly with the dam

2/6/2008 7:07:20 PM

I was taught to do this.

2/6/2008 6:57:06 PM

I let the mother teach them first ...I start working w/ them as yearlings

2/6/2008 6:56:39 PM

I only go in long enough to check that all is O.K. then get out and observe from hidden vantage poin

2/6/2008 6:30:09 PM

human are not substitute mothers

2/6/2008 6:19:44 PM

I have found it works wonderfully and my foals are friendly, bold and like humans.

2/6/2008 6:11:59 PM

we just handle them as we would their mom

2/6/2008 6:11:15 PM

As I rub the baby all over, interact with both mare and foal. Never do I have shy incurious foals!

2/6/2008 5:43:56 PM

I don't believe in Dr. Miller's technique of withholding suckling while imprinting.

2/6/2008 5:42:30 PM

My foals turn out to be confident, well behaved, gentle, curious, and attentive.

2/6/2008 4:23:41 PM

We started handling and talking to our foal within hours of being born.

2/6/2008 4:21:07 PM

Nature knows what to do - human beings just screw things up.

2/6/2008 4:12:03 PM

abosultely. Ithelps them to get use to many different things.

2/6/2008 3:57:34 PM

I don't have any foals

2/6/2008 3:47:15 PM

Foals learn from their dams; just handle mom quietly and kindly

2/6/2008 3:05:47 PM

Imprinting inteferes with the mares chance to bond with the foal.

2/6/2008 3:01:49 PM

Sometimes it works, sometimes not

2/6/2008 2:57:37 PM

My imprinted baby turns 8 this month-very gentle and loving-never a problem from day 1

2/6/2008 2:06:26 PM

but after a day or 2 it gets treated as an adult with a short attention span.

2/6/2008 1:47:22 PM

I feel it works. My professors at UC Davis also practiced it effectively.

2/6/2008 1:32:05 PM

I totally recommend it. My foal is calmer and bolder than unhandled foals!

2/6/2008 1:05:26 PM

Vet likes handling the ones who have been imprinted.

2/6/2008 1:03:49 PM

Let them be a horse. They are no harder to train if you take your time and have patience.

2/6/2008 12:58:24 PM

I used to raise mules and imprinting made a huge difference in their behavior.

2/6/2008 12:23:18 PM

Only for areas of behavior that affect my safety later on...

2/6/2008 12:21:59 PM

once-I will never do it agian I found the same things that the "Hands off "article found

2/6/2008 12:15:35 PM

Not to the extent that Dr. Miller recommends, but we do some.

2/6/2008 12:14:56 PM

my mare that i imprinted trusts me more than any horse i've owned

2/6/2008 12:14:16 PM

I use imprinting on our foals now, and they are fantastic to handle and affectionate.

2/6/2008 12:10:27 PM

I will assist my mare if she needs help with the foal otherwise just observe.

2/6/2008 11:53:03 AM

Any desensitizing is done after the foal has nursed on its own

2/6/2008 11:45:19 AM

It makes a lot of difference when you get to the 2yr old stage of starting the horse under saddle

2/6/2008 11:29:25 AM

Within the first 24 hours our focus is on our mares unless the foal shows signs of distress.

2/6/2008 11:27:09 AM

Never stress the foal. Gentle handling and well founded trust helps more than anything

2/6/2008 11:25:01 AM

Teach restraint kindly, they never forget it. That study has to be flawed some way

2/6/2008 11:22:32 AM

We've always let the mare & her foal bond first for several hours, with minimal human handling.

2/6/2008 11:21:36 AM

Have had very good success

2/6/2008 11:19:43 AM

Imprinting totally wrecks their natural senses, bad idea.

2/6/2008 11:10:59 AM

My mare is expecting "our" first foal. I will let my mare guide the way her foal is handled.

2/6/2008 11:03:17 AM

advance and retreat

2/6/2008 11:00:56 AM

Correct and positive imprinting has proven to give my Friesian foals confident inquisitiveness

2/6/2008 10:57:12 AM

I try not to interfere with the bonding ot the mare and foal but I do handle the foal once he is up.

2/6/2008 10:38:01 AM

My first goal is to get colostrum, E Colicon E, and Probios into them. Then I touch them.

2/6/2008 10:32:19 AM

Can't keep my hands off them anyway, why not add articles of future use to my hands...works for me a

2/6/2008 10:29:22 AM

i don't like to interfer too much with mom and baby bonding

2/6/2008 10:19:10 AM

Imprinted foals are so much more confident with people

2/6/2008 10:16:35 AM

I imprint at birth and then leave the foal and mare to do what Nature intented. Works for me.

2/6/2008 9:56:31 AM

Our babies are handled every day. They stand for the farrier, clip,and load by 30 days.

2/6/2008 9:51:20 AM

if the weather is wet or cold I do take a towel and dry them off a bit

2/6/2008 9:39:57 AM

I do believe it violates the mother/child relationship.

2/6/2008 9:39:16 AM

I only intervene if something is wrong

2/6/2008 8:56:10 AM

I've imprinted for 10 years and have had outstanding results with outstanding results.

2/6/2008 8:46:45 AM

not the intense just born thing - just lots of handling daily

2/6/2008 8:16:57 AM

I let the mare and foal get settled and adjusted for at least a week

2/6/2008 8:02:49 AM

Yes, and he turned out trustworthy and friendly. Would do it again!

2/6/2008 7:57:59 AM

do not have foals

2/6/2008 7:55:52 AM

With the few foals we have had, we give the Dam 2 or 3 days for her own bonding with the foal.

2/6/2008 7:42:38 AM

I only start handling the foal after 24 hours - once it has bonded with the dam.

2/6/2008 7:23:16 AM

Like any baby - a foal is happiest with its mother. I am present and involved, but not intrusive,

2/6/2008 7:09:09 AM

I've raised one baby; I started handling her at about 12hrs; she's easy to work with all along(6 yrs

2/6/2008 6:13:18 AM

Work descretely with dam so bonding btwn dam & foal isn't disturbed

2/6/2008 6:02:01 AM

makes for easier training

2/6/2008 3:58:11 AM

have only had one foal, and was not present at the birth so no option to, prob wont w/this yrs foal

2/6/2008 3:09:39 AM

Your foal will only be as sensitive as the person is doing it....

2/6/2008 2:55:06 AM

Make sure you have a good relationship with the Dam first, or she may not let you near her foal.

2/6/2008 2:35:30 AM

Foals are handled quietly and gently as to provide necessary medical attention.

2/6/2008 2:29:30 AM

I strongly disagree with the study.

2/6/2008 1:51:07 AM

male or female handler?

2/6/2008 1:00:40 AM

I believe that imprinting is a great thing and can set the foal up to be much more manageable

2/6/2008 12:48:21 AM

Within the first couple hours. Give time for mare/foal to bond before encroaching on them.

2/6/2008 12:32:24 AM

Let mare and foal bond first. Gently touch the foal all over its body as you quietly talk to it.

2/5/2008 11:11:27 PM

ammended Miller's technique, as soon as it seems prudent without interfereing with mare/foal bond

2/5/2008 11:10:39 PM

Feel, timing, and correct release of pressure is key to successful imprinting.

2/5/2008 11:01:03 PM

I spend lots of time with the mare pre-foaling to prevent a snorting dragon at birth. It helps!

2/5/2008 10:59:26 PM

make every attempt to avoid interfering with the dam/foal bonding

2/5/2008 10:50:56 PM

but not overdone...

2/5/2008 10:50:52 PM

After 11 years & 175 foals it is rewarding experience for handlers & foals

2/5/2008 10:42:39 PM

Makes everything you do with them easier down the road.

2/5/2008 10:39:58 PM

use Dr Miller's imprinting and Clinton Anderson's methods as they get older

2/5/2008 10:31:07 PM

I never "descend" apon a horse ever. I always show respect, gain trust and ask for respect in return

2/5/2008 10:26:24 PM

I handle foals 2-3 days old, but never intrude on the bonding of mare and foal.

2/5/2008 10:22:19 PM

babys like to investigate so caring fo the mare daily will make the baby come to you.

2/5/2008 9:58:34 PM

all but one, and the negative difference with him is very obvious

2/5/2008 9:47:49 PM

I don't have any foals but if I did, I would, hopefully I will get some in the future

2/5/2008 9:39:36 PM

its hogwash, its stressful and they are just as easy with daily handling and care.

2/5/2008 9:23:38 PM

Don't go over board.

2/5/2008 9:23:29 PM

My filly is so quiet, I can reach through the bars of a gate & clip her face & ears w/o a halter on!

2/5/2008 9:08:15 PM

Only when the time is right.

2/5/2008 9:01:56 PM

We figured out years ago that so called imprinted foals are not tamer and sometimes worse.

2/5/2008 8:49:49 PM

not during the first hours after birth

2/5/2008 8:41:30 PM

It makes a HUGE difference in ease of handling them as they grow up.

2/5/2008 8:39:10 PM

handle legs and feet on day 2. put on halter/bum rope to go out.

2/5/2008 8:33:51 PM

initial familiarity and then let them be foals!

2/5/2008 8:32:51 PM

I try to imprint all my foals. it hasn't always been possible. There has been a noticable plus to it

2/5/2008 8:31:27 PM

initial familiarity and then let them be foals!

2/5/2008 8:31:01 PM

NO!!- let them be, as nature intended

2/5/2008 8:30:20 PM

I give the dam a full body massage instead.

2/5/2008 8:21:51 PM

Desensitization, NOT imprinting

2/5/2008 8:13:19 PM

I onlydo a little bit, and it has created quiet foals.

2/5/2008 8:13:12 PM

This is not a fight for dominence The mare and I participate together.

2/5/2008 8:07:13 PM

I did imprint one foal and have said I would never do it again

2/5/2008 7:58:08 PM

I don't do all that is advocted but just enough to be able to get a hold and lead the baby dayly

2/5/2008 7:51:35 PM

depends if the foal had problems at birth

2/5/2008 7:41:02 PM

I did with my first foal, but based on this article, I will not use the techniques w/ the next foal

2/5/2008 7:35:04 PM

It pays to imprint!

2/5/2008 7:28:20 PM

it is more importent that the foal bond with it's mother. it's life depends on it.

2/5/2008 7:25:42 PM

When baby wants to come see me then I handle him/her, but not until mom first

2/5/2008 7:19:08 PM

Excellent for desensitization

2/5/2008 7:14:13 PM

hold babies at birth and handle regularly

2/5/2008 7:12:57 PM

You have to use common sense. You can overdo.

2/5/2008 7:05:38 PM

I think it is too interventional at a time when a foal should be bonding with its Mom

2/5/2008 7:02:15 PM

Your study is wrong, as long as the human contact is basic & does not stress the foal.

2/5/2008 7:02:13 PM

I handle the mare only until the foal asks for contact

2/5/2008 6:52:02 PM

We imprint all foals but we wait untill the second 24 hours of their lives.

2/5/2008 6:51:39 PM

gentle sharing of the mare and foal's time is important to fit in with mom and baby.

2/5/2008 6:43:11 PM

Dr. Robert Miller, now in CA, has years of documented good results that last on imprinting foals.

2/5/2008 6:35:44 PM

I am present at the birth and touch the foal gently rather than desensitise to lots of stimuli.

2/5/2008 6:33:35 PM

Our foals are 'handled' not imprinted.

2/5/2008 6:30:34 PM

We do not believe in breeding horses. There are too many culls, due to backyard and over breeding.

2/5/2008 6:26:04 PM

We leave them alone at first and then handle the foal

2/5/2008 6:25:56 PM

I need to be able to trim their feet, and treat any cuts they might have.

2/5/2008 6:23:44 PM

no, I make sure mare is up on all her vaccines, and let them bond. She is model for behavior, not me

2/5/2008 6:21:31 PM

I have found that repeated and over handling of a foal creates "the large dog" behavior. Bad

2/5/2008 6:20:26 PM

One mare's babies need to be left alone for a while, then they are easy

2/5/2008 6:18:27 PM

we start handling the morning after foaling and then every day thereafter.

2/5/2008 6:16:30 PM

I believe in letting them bond with their dam, and allow them to investigate me while I groom & feed

2/5/2008 6:16:04 PM

unless it is an emergency

2/5/2008 6:15:08 PM

It really works!

2/5/2008 6:12:20 PM

All of my foals have been imprinted.They all were a delight to work with.Nothing negative happened.

2/5/2008 6:11:17 PM

I have raised three foals and the imprinting has made and big difference in behavior of young horses

2/5/2008 6:03:03 PM

Every early interaction prepares them for their future jobs.

2/5/2008 5:46:49 PM

I use limited, we handle our foal in a type of extention of the mares. No objections from either

2/5/2008 5:44:58 PM

Imprinting my foals resulted in them being friendly and easy to work with.

2/5/2008 5:41:14 PM

Let them bond in the first hour. Reinforce handling daily--but encourage foal to come to you.

2/5/2008 5:35:41 PM

I always check my foals right after birth, treat the navel, do physical wellness,etc. and don't push

2/5/2008 5:34:18 PM

not the rediculous kind where they stuff fingers up the nostrils! Let them get used to you with mom.

2/5/2008 5:30:10 PM

No - I handle as little as possible until first winter.

2/5/2008 5:19:48 PM

We did it with our last foal and she has been pretty laid back about most things we introduce her to

2/5/2008 5:13:56 PM

Just touching and hanging around closeby as well as touching dam.

2/5/2008 5:09:44 PM

I have had positive results with imprinting, however I am open to learning more about its effect.

2/5/2008 5:03:55 PM

I hate what imprinting does to foals

2/5/2008 5:02:04 PM

I have not found imprintig to help.

2/5/2008 4:56:35 PM

Never believed in the suggested value of it.

2/5/2008 4:55:53 PM

Used it once and I think I ruined the foal, who grew up to be aggressive & disrespectful of humans

2/5/2008 4:54:35 PM

Mixed results, not convinced it's worth the effort.

2/5/2008 4:51:41 PM

As soon as they hit the ground. Also if you have a good dog around, introduce them-amazing results.

2/5/2008 4:48:39 PM

Some handling and intervention if there is trouble. Otherwise leave them alone let the foal approach

2/5/2008 4:48:39 PM

Usually within the first week

2/5/2008 4:46:23 PM

Not as soon as they're born, though. I wait a few hours/ day for them to bond naturally.

2/5/2008 4:43:21 PM

TTouch has never failed me.

2/5/2008 4:40:53 PM

My mare that I imprinted, didn't know how to be a mother herself and rejected her foal.

2/5/2008 4:39:46 PM

Lead, halter, touch, brush, handling feet, earlier the better...AND good contact with mother...

2/5/2008 4:39:21 PM

Our Polish Arabian was imprinted and is very people oriented, but he also lacks horse etiquette

2/5/2008 4:27:14 PM

I did imprint one mare, now 13. Thinks she's my equal. Others have more respect.

2/5/2008 4:22:46 PM

I must say I'm not so sure these methods work, esp. after reading the article.

2/5/2008 4:18:40 PM

Although we do not do it by any authored system, we try to create a bonding and it seems to roek

2/5/2008 4:12:25 PM

No more than 10 minutes per day. Finish session on positive note

2/5/2008 4:06:48 PM

Miniature horses.....we make sure the foals are handled and nursing..

2/5/2008 4:02:51 PM

Yes, but not immediately after birth.

2/5/2008 3:56:31 PM

Foals are not all alike sometimes it works, sometimes not depending on the individual

2/5/2008 3:54:42 PM

I've only had 2 foals and wasn't there immediately at birth

2/5/2008 3:53:41 PM

don't go overboard, but do handle a great deal. also teach foals to tie at day 1, you'll never regre

2/5/2008 3:51:40 PM

they will walk all over you

2/5/2008 3:46:04 PM

I did but found that it was not helpful. I had a foal who was much more insecure.

2/5/2008 3:43:40 PM

only when intervention is needed

2/5/2008 3:41:22 PM

I am not a breeder.

2/5/2008 3:35:36 PM

It seems like imprinting doesnt always guarantee a quieter people horse than babies who were not

2/5/2008 3:33:43 PM

I just sit in the stall and let them come investigate me

2/5/2008 3:32:32 PM

Gentle, affectionate consistent interaction with mare first, then mare/foal, then foal works best

2/5/2008 3:32:23 PM

We tried it but results were not lasting

2/5/2008 3:31:34 PM

Although I no longer breed my mares, I imprinted 5 and they all have world class dispositions.

2/5/2008 3:31:19 PM

I play with my foals when they are ready to come to me. I groom the mare alot too.

2/5/2008 3:30:27 PM


2/5/2008 3:30:26 PM

Can't keep my hands off the cuties.

2/5/2008 3:30:15 PM

French research not persausive !

2/5/2008 3:30:12 PM

Contrary to the report cited in this issue our fols have shown none of the negative signs mentioned

2/5/2008 3:28:08 PM

I like to sit in the stall and let them come to me when they are ready.

2/5/2008 3:28:00 PM

You can tell the difference between the ones born on the farm and ones brought in.

2/5/2008 3:27:12 PM

Very little at birth.

2/5/2008 3:26:48 PM

regular interaction with the dam creates interaction with the foal and no stress.

2/5/2008 3:26:42 PM

Only as far as helping them stand/nurse, drying them off and rubbing them all over.

2/5/2008 3:23:15 PM

I like to let them bond with their mama. Never have a problem later on.

2/5/2008 3:18:48 PM

Let foals be foals till worked, It is possible to do worming , trimming , etc without tying, halter

2/5/2008 3:16:44 PM

While I do not follow the exact methods in the book. My foals are handled and medically treated.

2/5/2008 3:16:41 PM

If they need it

2/5/2008 3:16:12 PM

I use desensitization techniques with all my horses

2/5/2008 3:14:15 PM

I want the foal to bond to its dam first.

2/5/2008 3:13:26 PM

I have been there at birth & within the 1st 24 hours and all my foals have been great horses!

2/5/2008 3:07:55 PM

No foals here...

2/5/2008 2:51:33 PM

Raising Clydesdales, it's essential to be able to handle them when they mature--imprinting works!

2/5/2008 2:50:38 PM

I handle them but don't intrude on the mare/foal relationship.

2/5/2008 2:44:17 PM

our foals love & respect us and they've never stressed out due to human contact

2/5/2008 2:42:49 PM

It depends on the mare, if she lets me I will.

2/5/2008 2:40:49 PM

do not have foals, but own one which was imprinted, great filly!

2/5/2008 12:03:55 PM

my ponies don'r seem to need it, but I might use it if I raised spookier breeds

2/5/2008 11:29:39 AM

Pick the newborn foal up gently in your arms and hold it until it stops struggling, then release it

2/5/2008 11:09:57 AM

Works GREAT! Had our little guy halter broke, and standing tied before he was 2 weeks old!

2/5/2008 10:33:35 AM

only if the mare is unable or unwilling to take care of it.

2/5/2008 9:57:46 AM