Raising a foal the first week

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Hi all, we have our first Falabella blend foal delivered to us at six months old at the end of September. She will be upset after leaving her mom so wondered what is the best thing to do in those early days to help her feel secure and bond with us? Are there any good YouTube videos worth looking at that support kindly ways?
 

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Do you have other mini's? Spending a lot of time with her will be good but she needs to have company with her 24/7, if you don't have any others for her to live with you should get a companion for her. Another mini foal or young mini.
 

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I brought my Breezy boy home at 3.5-4 months of age. He had already been weaned from his mom and was playing with other babies his age. Once I got him home he had other horses to play with. I could only put him out with little Thunder for the first few months, my other 2 were just way to rough with him. Now he is 17 months, they are all 4 out together, they all get along beautifully and Breezy is thriving. I agree with Taz, she will definitely need some company. She will probably be very upset if left alone. She will need to be taught how to be a well behaved horse. Do you have any other horses or animals?
 

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Do you have other mini's? Spending a lot of time with her will be good but she needs to have company with her 24/7, if you don't have any others for her to live with you should get a companion for her. Another mini foal or young mini.
We will be getting another mini shortly
 

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I brought my Breezy boy home at 3.5-4 months of age. He had already been weaned from his mom and was playing with other babies his age. Once I got him home he had other horses to play with. I could only put him out with little Thunder for the first few months, my other 2 were just way to rough with him. Now he is 17 months, they are all 4 out together, they all get along beautifully and Breezy is thriving. I agree with Taz, she will definitely need some company. She will probably be very upset if left alone. She will need to be taught how to be a well behaved horse. Do you have any other horses or animals?
We have an old Lurcher dog and another mini on the way but was advised to get her settled first so she bonds with us rather than bonding with another the same age. Do u have any tips on how to teach her to be well behaved?
 

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I like to tell people don't let your baby do anything you don't want them to do as adults. At this age, pushing them away (and verbalizing if you choose) and then leaving them alone for a little while if they don't stop the behavior.
 

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In my experience if you only have 2 horses they will bond to each other deeply. I don’t think it will matter how long she is the “only child” for because as soon as you introduce another they will probably bond rather quickly. So IMO I wouldn’t wait too long to get the second, she needs company and you’ll love watching them interact and play together. It is so much fun!

I agree with Dragon Hill. Even though a behavior might be cute right now, they will grow up and be an adult soon, so they have to have rules and manners. No nibbling on me, no biting me, no kicking me, no pawing at me, no pushy behavior just to name a few.

Is that her in your avatar? If so, what a cutie!💕💕
 

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I like to tell people don't let your baby do anything you don't want them to do as adults. At this age, pushing them away (and verbalizing if you choose) and then leaving them alone for a little while if they don't stop the behavior.
Thanks for the heads up.
 

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In my experience if you only have 2 horses they will bond to each other deeply. I don’t think it will matter how long she is the “only child” for because as soon as you introduce another they will probably bond rather quickly. So IMO I wouldn’t wait too long to get the second, she needs company and you’ll love watching them interact and play together. It is so much fun!

I agree with Dragon Hill. Even though a behavior might be cute right now, they will grow up and be an adult soon, so they have to have rules and manners. No nibbling on me, no biting me, no kicking me, no pawing at me, no pushy behavior just to name a few.

Is that her in your avatar? If so, what a cutie!💕💕
Thanks for the advise. She's a pinto palomino in colour. Just loosing her baby fur.
 

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Here's another baby behavior I hadn't experienced until last evening....Going UNDER you, between the legs. I'm short so this wasn't much fun. Jasper tried this while I was talking to someone and almost toppled me over...goofy boy! Won't want to encourage this game because he's going to get bigger and I really don't think he wants me riding him! Hopefully he won't try this trick again any time soon as it really wasn't the best experience for either of us... LOL. Hoping your little filly isn't quite as adventurous! (and another reason to have at least 2 animals together--they can play).
 

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