Weaning a Foal

When to wean a foal? We believe that the dam has a huge influence on her baby’s actions and reactions, so we leave our foals with their dams until 6-7 months old. This decision is predicated on the fact that the mare is healthy, has superb temperament, is easily handled, and is relaxed in all… Read More Weaning a Foal

Horse Health: Bowed Tendon

My personal horse, Scrimshaw, recently sustained a leg injury. She is out of shape and overweight. (Take a lesson here). An unexpected romp in the pasture when two ponies breached her fence and created pandemonium caused her to take a misstep. Here is some information about equine bowed tendons gleaned from her veterinarian, many on-line… Read More Horse Health: Bowed Tendon

Temperament: Nature vs. Nurture

Many people believe that it is the dam that dictates a foal’s temperament. However, a horse’s temperament has to be divided into what is affected by nature (heredity and genes) and what is affected by nurture (the environment surrounding its life). At birth, a foal’s temperament is derived from the influence of its parents’ genes… Read More Temperament: Nature vs. Nurture

Paying the Piper: A Kristull Chronicle

A rancher’s work is never done. With all intentions of working with little Kristull Abaddon as prescribed in How to Train the 3 week old Foal, ranch work came first. Fences needed fixing. Pastures needed mowing. Mow Decks and Seed Hoppers needed repair, and a myriad of other day-to-day jobs always nag. It happens to… Read More Paying the Piper: A Kristull Chronicle

Training Theory: Cues

What is a A Cue? Anything said or done that is followed by a specific action. A hint, intimation or guiding suggestion. Anything that excites to action. A stimulus. Horses have innate understanding of certain visual cues in their environment. They are prepared to see danger and react immediately. Natural Horsemanship training takes advantage of… Read More Training Theory: Cues

Horse Problems: Hard Mouth – Another Approach

Generally, a horse is said to have a “hard” mouth when he has developed callouses in the corners of his mouth or dead spots on the bars of his mouth where nerve endings have been damaged. The more callouses or dead spots, the more pain he can take and the harder you will have to… Read More Horse Problems: Hard Mouth – Another Approach

The Case for Round Bales: A Kristull Chronicle

Let’s start at the end of our quest instead of the beginning: A round bale with a hay net requires less time to feed daily, uses less hay per horse, keeps horses happier because it provides more natural forage, and will reduce your own stress level as horses calm down and stop worrying themselves and… Read More The Case for Round Bales: A Kristull Chronicle

Horse Shoe

A horse shoe can serve many purposes. It can bring luck to the household over whose door it is nailed. It can be used as decoration or as a wall hook. It can be nailed to the bottom of a horse’s foot to protect the hoof or add traction to the movement. (It can be… Read More Horse Shoe

The Horses of Middle Europe – A Kristull Chronicle

A recent trip to Prague, Budapest and Vienna provided these beautiful examples of horses of old and equine treasures today in what was the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the reigns of Emperor Charles VI, Empress Maria Theresea and the Emperor Franz Joseph I (and before). Horses were the war machinery of the day, the agricultural beasts… Read More The Horses of Middle Europe – A Kristull Chronicle

Training Exercises – Foal 3 Weeks Old

By now your foal is getting pretty big and strong. He has also experienced a lot more of life: He has had daily sessions of Loop control and halter control. If your baby hasn’t experienced any of these routines, make it a point to introduce them right away. He still isn’t standing still to be… Read More Training Exercises – Foal 3 Weeks Old