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Collecting a foal

Hi all. I was hoping someone might be able to advise me about the best way to collect a 6mth foal. I have a trailer, so do the people selling. The foal is not completely weaned and not fully halter trained, is used to people but still semi wild, as in not handled much at all. We have bought her & want to bring her back to the livery yard where we keep our other horses, keep her in for a while and do lots of handling and leading. Where she is at the moment it is very difficult to go to see her whilst it is still light. The foal was only bought in by the people we are buying from just under 2 months ago as part of a job lot of 2 mares & foals, the mum isn't well handled either but I know her & have trailed her when she was pregnant! Any advice anyone? The distance is about 8 miles but winding country roads (of course!).

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Re: Collecting a foal

hi, just a thought ...
as the foal is only six months old, would the sellers be interested in you looking after the mother for a few months so you could wean her gradualy ? ... if youv'e got a 2 horse trailer and a spare stable ?
... like i said - just a thought

p.s if not then it might help to transport the mare with her foal and then take her back as it's not far

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Re: Collecting a foal

When I collected my 2 foals last year, we firstly parked our horsebox near a side wall to help with the loading. We were able to lead ours, but you could herd yours loose from wherever it is now, into the trailer. We took lots of bales of straw which we used to cushion areas that needed it and to help with the loading. You can put loose straw on the ramp so that it is less scary and then put loads of loose straw on the floor of your trailer, so that if the foal falls over during transport, there will be a soft landing! Travel the foal loose. He/she will find the most comfortable position and angle to stand at and in fact is very unlikely to fall over. When you get home, back the trailer up to the stable or barn where you are going to keep the foal and let it find its own way down the ramp into the box. Better still ask the breeder to halter break it at least, so that you can lead it in and out of the trailer.

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