Firstly, when it comes to social behaviour trying to observe how a foal interacts with its peers provides valuable insights into its future sociability. Look for signs of comfortable play and positive exchanges without necessitating an in-depth behavioral analysis. This process is mostly instinctual and we at the Stoeterij will help you in finding out each horse's particular social traits.
Secondly, a foal's reaction to basic handling tasks and exposure to different stimuli can hint at its future temperament. Assess its adaptability to various environments, such in a horsebox, around other horses, and other animals they might encounter. We habe hand traiuned them extemsively.
Finally, interesting insights can be gained from exposing the yearling to different environments and introducing common stimuli. This helps gauge its general comfort level and adaptability. Here at the Stoeterij we ensure that we expose our foals to different terrains and stimuli, such as forests, in and around cars, our dogs, people and in the ring/manège. We pride ourselve on the complimentary comments we constantly get from farriers, veterinarians, anybody who needs to handle them. They are always amazed by their tranquil behaviour and trust.