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Raising and Training the Young Horse
Imprint Training of the Newborn Foal
Robert M. Miller, DVM
Western Horseman, Inc., 2003
The subtitle of this book is A Swift, Effective Method for Permanently
Shaping a Horse's Lifetime Behaviour. Dr. Miller developed
the Imprint Training method, which is basically early training during
specific critical learning times, given as soon as possible after the foal
The theory behind this method is based on the premise that, at birth the foal will be both extremely
receptive to learning about his environment, and will bond with
whatever is moving and above him during the first postpartum hour. The
repeatedly exposes the foal to a number of stimula to get him used to
things and not fight them.
From then on in his life, the foal will be
relaxed and accepting of that action.
The Formative Years
Breakthrough Publications, Inc., 1988
This book presents a complete system for training your
horse during his formative years, which will give him the proper foundation for
whatever he will be used for in the years to come. Training lessons are
presented in a progressive manner, and are specifically tailored to the
requirements of the young horse.
The author does not believe in imprint training, preferring to let the foal
imprint on its own species in the hours after birth. She is a proponent of
early learning however, and recommends introducing the foal to the halter
and to restraint at around
two days of age (I think about 8-12 hours old is better). Her methods are
gentle, quiet and firm while introducing the youngster to his first
restraint with an arm across his chest and behind his buttocks.
Right from the Start
Trafalgar Square, 2001
Foal to Five Years
by Ann Hyland
Published by Ward Lock, Ltd., 1980
This is one of those books that everyone has heard of, which is why I bought
it when I first bought my yearlings.