Originally Posted by Chicken girl 15
I know several of you have horses so I have a quick question. At what age is best to start halter training? IMO immediately would be best and safest but a friend of mine who breeds said 3-4 months is best.
Now for full disclosure I have never "owned" my own horse, but Foaling and Foal management was my career of choice. I had delivered close to 150 foals and halter broke almost twice that many. I personally believe that imprinting is crucial from the time the foal hits the ground. Now like Lapeerian said you can't expect them to walk with you right away. I think that a good foal halter is important for them to get used to, but they MUST not be left on all the time. Foals grow fast and I can't even begin to describe the sights of seeing a young foal with an embedded halter and the care that takes to bring them back both physically and mentally. In my experience It is good to have a few people for walking the first time. I always had someone walk the mare then I would almost wrap my arms around the foal the first few times till they could walk on their own. Then with a helper we would carefully add the halter and lead rope. Mostly letting the foal walk with them mom, trying to almost have it like you aren't even leading them. Then after a few weeks I would start "leading" them by just giving them a little pressure. The main things it so make sure to take baby steps and take it slow. It only takes one bad time to set you way back. In my personal experience I try to have them walking on a lead before 3 months.
Take it from personal experience...It is much easier to start when they are little and easier to handle then when they get bigger. I have had to halter break older foals and yearlings and it is much more difficult. Do the work when they are younger and it will save you the pain and trouble of doing it later in their life.