Barbara cannot have her surgery until she is 6 months old. So, in preparation, Allen Pogue is training her to lead by her neck. Very smart…
Below is a note from Allen as well as a few photos! Enjoy!
From Allen Pogue (Barbara’s trainer)
Here is a photo taken yesterday. Sue made a neck collar out of a latigo rein, The idea is to get Barbara used to following or being guided with som ething other than a standard halter.
Yet she still has to be under control.
After the operation she will be in a strange place, handled by strangers ( that probably will not be skilled foal handlers) .. predictably she will be uncomfortable and yet she may have to be moved from stall to exam room, maybe xray room, who knows. but in any case using a standard halter is out of the question, because it would put stress or pressure on her nose.. so we have begun using just a neck collar .. she leads quite well with a halter .. this afternoon Sue is going to take her to the big arena that has a multi- level ‘agility’ platform.. this will be something new to her and so we expect her to resist, or at least be reluctant.. so by working through a new challenge we will learn more about her way of dealing with the situation …and we can adjust our training as needed..
I am leaning toward either getting a CM Foal training harness or make one ourselves .. This is a simple breeching strap and surcingle .. the ‘ tugs’ from the breeching strap can be run forward through the surcingle then through the neck collar and thus we will have a way to encourage forward movement and prevent pulling back.
I will get some more interesting pics later this afternoon..
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