First off our Filly has a name and her name is Arcadia. She is our first official baby for our lifestyle and business we are wanting to create and we thought it fit. Her registered name will be a little longer depending on what AQHA decides on, but we are happy with calling her Arcadia.
I have done a bit of reading on halter training a foal and found there is a lot of info out there on a couple different ways of doing things.
One way is that they had a halter on her within hours of being born. They want her to think its a part of her life with a halter on and think this is an easier route.
Other sources spend time around the foal letting it get used to them and slowly over time the foal will start coming up to them and sniffing them and that is when they start to halter train when the horse has built trust with them.
So we have decided to take the latter route and see how it goes with her getting used to us and building a trust before we put a halter on her. Our horse, our filly's mother is a great mom but seriously gets annoyed anytime we get close to her. She is more laid back in some ways now but still protective when we want to get close to her. So the latter choice is easier as well in a situation like this.
We have been spending a few days in the past week rubbing her behind and taking the halter and rubbing her down with it. She still is scared of us but today she came up to me and sniffed my hand. That is progress in my book and we will just keep building on it daily till a good bond is formed. This is just the way we want to do things. Some might say we are doing things the wrong way but so far it has been fine for us.
It will be nice to have her halter and lead rope trained because I transfer them daily from their pen into the pasture or arena and Arcadia is starting to do her own thing and it takes a little longer to get her to go with mamma now that she is starting to feel more independent.
With a lactating horse she has eaten a lot more than usual. She peaked at a full bale of hay a day...which is 70 pounds. She is eating us out of house and home. :) I think we have come up with a medium now because she is starting to look...pleasantly plump.
With eating more hay comes cleaning up more of a mess. So here is the typical scene of the every day mucking the stall shot.
And when you have good helpers around, chores are just funner to do!
Our Little Cowgirl