Baby's First Steps: Foal-Raising

Raising a “clicker” foal? Jen Digate will share the things you need to know to raise a happy, healthy young horse. This will include a review of normal developmental stages and how to teach appropriate skills for the appropriate age. She will discuss when to switch from scratching to food reinforcers as well as how to include “mom” in the training scenario safely. Many foals are not handled at all until they are weaned and the process can be quite abrupt and stressful. We all know that it is hard to learn when stressed!

This Session will focus on how to train daily and gradually using short sessions so that your foal has the skills to thrive in a complex human world.

Jen Digate

Her lifelong passion for horses has inspired Jen Digate to reimagine the horse-human bond, and explore both the myth and legend of these magical creatures. Through a blend of behavioral science, practical experience, and positive reinforcement methods, Jen strives to build a collaborative relationship with her horses. She believes in building choice, clear criteria, and barometer behaviors into the structure of her training sessions.

Jen specializes in introducing untamed mustangs to domesticated life, including exposure to husbandry and vet care; exploring the intricacies of balance and healthy biomechanics to promote soundness, beauty, and longevity for all horses; foal training; and helping fearful, anxious, and mistreated horses learn to trust humans and enjoy the game of training.

Jen has been training horses and dogs for 15 years, and holds a Certification for Behavior Consultants - Canine (CBCC-KA). She offers both in-home behavior modification consultations for dogs and group classes through her business, Wild Canine. Jen also holds foundation-level clicker training clinics at Idle Moon Farm in southeastern Wisconsin, as well as clinics with Alexandra Kurland, with whom she has studied intensively for the last five years. Jen offers individual coaching sessions for humans and their horses both through her own business, Spellbound, and as a coach for Alexandra Kurland's online course.