Start Training

 

Start Training

Time to Start School.

 
Lusitano-Start TrainingIt is time to start training.   Horses are social animals that enjoy you fuzzing about them and staying close together.   This is the time when the foal starts to bond with you, developing trust and confidence in the strange creature that hangs around him all the time.   It is very important, at this stage that you start relating while the foal is close to his mother in closed quarters.   He will know that you are to be trusted if you start handling and petting him in front of his mother.   He will instinctively know that you are okay and will not hurt him.
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Lusitano-Start TrainingThree or four days after the foal is born you must start to train him.   A loose rope around its neck will be fine to start.   Always put it on when you arrive and remove it before leaving or it may get tangled on it and hurt itself.   Start by pulling him around his mother with the rope, be patient and work slowly.   Do not use your strength to do it or he may decide that following you is not good for him.   Start slowly tugging gently at the rope and talking to it at the same time.   Scratch his ears and back so it knows that it is okay.   With patience, it will start to follow you around the stable just to get scratched and caressed.   Once it accepts the rope it is time for a soft, adjustable halter.   Make sure it is not loose or too tight, the right fit is important for his comfort and safety.   Leave it on as long as possible and always pull it with a rope, not by the halter.   He will soon know that the rope is the pulling instrument and the halter is for his comfort.

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