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This training  requires catching the foal as close to the time of birth as possible. The foal is taught to accept the human without fear, and is taught to accept all forms of handling from ears to hooves - even girth pressure. This is all done in the first couple of hours after birth. The followup training takes approximately ten to fourteen days and includes halter breaking and usually being led on a trail ride and through obstacles.

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      This colt is only one hour old


  All horses are taught to lead and be easily controlled.


  Without using fear tactics, all horses are taught to lead and load quietly and safely.


All horses are taught to stand quietly for the farrier in the future.



                                                                           Benefits of imprint training

Imprint training offers a singular opportunity to permanently mold a horse's personality. For a short time, the newborn foal is programmed to imprint stimuli. The    right procedures at the right time yield dramatic results. There is no time a horse will learn faster.


Imprint training can help ease handling, enhance later training efforts and reduce injuries. It shapes behavior in the following ways:

Bonding with the imprint trainer. Immediately postpartum, the foal bonds simultaneously with its dam and with one or more persons handling it. Such foals see humans, not as predators, but as fellow horses.

Submission. but nor fear. During imprint training, the foal cannot escape (its natural method of survival) exposure to frightening stimuli. As a result, it becomes dependent and submissive in its attitude. The foal sees the trainer as a dominant horse or heard leader. Psychologically, this is the ideal relationship between horse and human. We must have submissiveness in a horse if he is to work for us. But, the submissiveness should be created not by fear (a predatory role) but by dependence (a dominant leader role).

Desensitization to most sensory stimuli (visual. auditory. tactile. and olfactory!. Most parts of the body, including all body openings, are desensitized. Rapid, repetitious stimuli (flooding) are used until the foal is habituated, i.e. permanently nonresponsive to those stimuli. Loud noises, fluttering objects or being touched anywhere on the body will thereafter be calmly tolerated.

Sensitazion to performance related stimuli. Specifically, the foal can tee taught to respond (rather than habituated, to head and flank pressure. The responsiveness allows control over the fore and hindquarters. The foal will lead where pulled, and will move its hind end laterally in response to the touch of a finger in the flank region. This is best taught on the day after birth, after the foal is on its feet.

Some believe that early bonding between the foal and humans will produce a "pet" foal. They believe that early foal human bonding will produce a spoiled horse, indifferent to stimuli, which will lack the flightiness "necessary" to race or perform well. This is nonsense. Imprint training, properly performed, will enhance a horse's relationship with humans. It will teach it "good manners" and increase its responsiveness to stimuli, which will later improve its performance.

The only "disadvantage" of imprint training is that, since it is best started immediately post partum, the mare must be brought in for foaling. This is actually desirable, because it allows rapid identification of any obstetrical problems. It also requires that the Broodmare be gentle and well mannered. If this is not the case, the time to change it is before the mare foals, or, better, before she is bred. One should not expect to turn out docile, well-mannered foals if one doesn't have a well-mannered mare. Yet, some people seem to take pride in owning untrained, ill-mannered broodmares. To me, poor manners indicate ownership by an inept horseman.
Imprint training the newborn foal
R.M. Miller, DVM

Also the value of the foal increases immensely along with the safety factors involved with handling and doctoring the animal.

We are located in Buffalo Texas about halfway between Dallas and Houston on IH-45. We love what we do and would enjoy training your horses.

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