|We work at making our foals unafraid of as much
stuff as we can, so that you can enjoy a spook-proof
horse and still have fun at the same time!
|From the day our foals hit the ground, we put toys out for
them to play with.
|We have "flying feedsacks of death" which are feedsacks that hang off
the lot brace and swing in the wind. We go out and find the mares and
foals standing under the sacks just hanging out!
|We have the "ring of death" -- there's more than one way to use a hay
ring! We put the hay ring on its side and block it up so it will not roll and
lead the foals through it. We ride though it on the older horses. Later on,
we tie the "flying feedsacks of death" to the ring and work out horses
|We have the "black hole" -- we put tarps
down so the horses can walk over them. We
go out and the foals will have the corner of
the tarps in their mouths chasing their
buddies! We also tie the tarps to the gates so
they flap in the wind and we tie them to the
"ring of death" so the horses have to walk
under the tarps.
|We have the "blue barrel jump." We have
more fun with the barrels. We lay the
barrels on their sides and our horses will
jump over them! We get them to walk half
way over the barrels and then side step off
the barrels. We even have foals play with
the barrels by knocking them over and
pushing them around with their noses!
|We have "killer cones" -- cones aren't just
for traffic anymore! We set up cones with
strips of sheets tied to PVC pipe that we
stick in the top of the cones so the sheet
strips fly in the wind. We find our foals
standing next to the cones with the sheets
flying in the breeze and the foals use the
sheets to keep the flies off them! We even
have foals that pick up the cones with their
mouths and chase each other!
|We have the "trailer ride." We set our small stock trailer out in the pasture so the
foals can play in it! It's fun to come home from a hard days work and see the foals
race each other to see who can get in the trailer first! When the horses can load in
the small stock trailer, we move on to the big six-slant trailer, where they get to go
for rides around town.
|We start teaching our foals how to saddle with a saddle pad and a soft lead rope at 1
month. At 2 months, we start putting a light weight saddle on their backs. At 4-5
months, we start to girth up the saddle, and start doing more groundwork. Then, at
2 and 3 years old, we start to ride them. We start groundwork with our foals from
day one by imprinting them. By the end of their first day, they are haltered and
starting to lead.
We are always adding something new for our horses to "play with."
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|Here at the Running T Ranch Horses we work
with our foals in many different ways to help
them get desensitized to as much as we can. Here
are just a few photos of our foals in training.
|Running T Ranch Horses