Training Aide

Axiom Head Start Foal Program

Ten Point Training For Foals

Foals are handled and conditioned for performance from birth. During the first three weeks we practice these performance actions.

1. Handled at birth
2. Taught to halter and lead 
3. Backing up
4. Move off the leg
5. Pick up feet
6. Lower head
7. Stress releasing exercises (seeTherapudic Manouvers)
8.Taking medications 
9. Having eyes examined
10. Turning at gate
This training aide uses the horses natural ability to yield to pressure. The horse learns from their own pressure to balance themselves.​

All of our horses recieve this balanced training.

Do you worry about these issues when you are looking for horses to buy or when breeding your own? 

Club Feet?                Poor movement?            Weak or crooked legs? 

1. Lack of freedom to exercise at libery: 

Foals, growing youngsters  and adult horses require plenty of room to run in order to develope their movement,  hoof condition and  strength in legs and body. Sometimes horses have poor movement because they have not had an opportunity to develop their abilities to move! This can become a life time disability. It can be hard to ever change the body memory that causes a horse to become a poor mover. As well, feet that can not self trim become distored and poor quality, again       leading to a life of challenges and disabilities.

2. Injuries:

 Injuries happen. And when they do, we find this is exactly when issues such as club feet and movement problems can                                occur  and set in for a life time. Many horses with club feet and or movement trouble aquired these through lack of                                      threapy even over small sometimes unnoticable injuries. Proper exercising and trimming are critical when injuries                                        occur.  You may not even notice an injurie but notice a young horse exibiting irregular growth or movements. Jumping                           on these with corrective manuvers will insure a healthy uneffected horse at maturity. 

3. Nutrition:

Protein and calories. This is the bottom line for growing healthy horses. Vitamines are good as well.  However to have                               proper growth, of the parts of the body, protein and calories are the essential building blocks. Using a higher protein feed and          adding protein with Soy and alfalfa are some ideas you can use.  Adding calories can be a simple as increasing fats with                             oil.  

Final comments: I belief that common club feet are generally caused by injuries that are not resolved. 
                                       I believe many horses have never developed their movement abilities or have lost their movement ability.
                                       I believe many other common confirmation issues are either caused by injurie and or lack of protein/ calories.
                                       I find most horses that have not encountered these conditions are pretty naturally good horses. 

Therapeudic Approaches

Over the years, working with horses, I have noticed that horses do get stressed and injured fairly easily.
We like to work with several methods to release stress in the horses.
One method I have tried and learned that has helped me alot is the MastersonMethod.
Jim Masterson has many videos and a super nice book that is easy to learn fom and shows basic exercises that horses seem to benifit from. I recomend learning to use these techniques with your horses.
Learning and experimenting with these techniques has taught me how to read my horses better and has taught me how to spot subtle lameness and problems that horses are having.

I have come to believe over the years that most horses are good movers and do have good confirmation. That most problems are caused due to injuries and or stress or both. I have learned through study of therapies that potential long term problems can be diverted perminately if attention is given when issues arise. I have also found the problems that have already been seen for years can be relieved and positive improvements can be made.
If you are a person who has relied on Chiropractors you will be very interested to study up on this and find for your self that you can do many things to help your horses perform and feel better!