Training Your Foal: Raising a Foal from Birth to Backing by Renate Ettle
Training a foal can be a fascinating experience, but it requires the correct mixture of experience, horse knowledge, and intuitive feeling. The way a horse is trained and treated in its first two years - along with its inborn traits - determines how it will behave for the rest of its life. This book is full of useful information about the physical, behavioral and mental development of the young horse and sets out the correct way of training a horse to be responsive, safe, and enjoyable to ride. Anyone interested in horses will find this a fascinating book, as it explains much about horses' behavior that so often, at first sight, seems impenetrably mysterious. * Essential basic knowledge, tips, and suggestions, to ensure the successful training of your foal: - Imprint training - First learning steps - Learning with mother - - Weanlings and Yearlings - First public appearances - Sexual maturity - - Weaning the foal - Problems of 'adolescence' - Obedience & discipline - - First gymnastic exercises - First backing (mounting) the young horse - * Invaluable reference book for all horse owners, horse breeders and anyone rearing a foal.
Renate Ettl is an equine sports therapist, Western-style rider, judge, and horse trainer. She has published several successful books and lives in Germany.