Manufacturer: Ringer Products
Model: Baby Trainer
Category: Training Equipment
Purchase: I purchased this from Country Supply online for about $36. I had a newborn baby and at two months I decided that he was old enough to learn to lead, but I wanted to do it safely.
Likes: I couldn't believe how well this worked! The first time I put it on, baby was very confused and didn't know what to do at all. He jumped forward a few times, and reared up, and tried to back away. The second time, he was leading within a matter of moments! Not quite perfect, but he was getting there so quickly, and seemed to be grasping the concept of what he was supposed to do and what didn't work, all without me having to tell him (the baby trainer told him). I never used it again after that to teach him to lead; by the third day, he was leading by himself and I didn't need the harness at all. He has turned in to a well-mannered yearling and is excellent about leading anywhere. And it is available in two sizes, in case you bought an older foal that wasn't trained.
Dislikes: Well, it was kind of expensive because it cost more than $15 each time I used it. Maybe if it wouldn't have worked so well it would have been worth the cost per trial(kidding :). Actually, I did try to use it for the same colt at three months to try to train him to load into a trailer, and it did not work for that, I think because he needed to step up and it was not designed for up, just forward. I did eventually get him trained without the help of the Baby Trainer and with a lot of patience, but I don't mind that it didn't work for that because it worked so well for leading.
Quality: Soft, flexible, and thin straps aren't overpowering for baby. Surcingle fits around his belly and is adjustable depending on his growth and needs. Safe and effective.
Summary: If I didn't have a practically new one sitting in my horse trailer tack room, I would buy another for my baby on the way! This worked wonders on my baby and I got him trained faster than I could ever have imagined. However, although this is the first baby "from scratch" that I have trained, I have owned and trained several adult horses so I am not a novice, and I would recommend anyone who is unfamiliar with horse training to seek the help and advice of a professional or knowledgeable horse person, even if you want to use this device. It worked wonders for me, but all horses should be left to experienced hands for initial training, to make sure that their tack is properly fitted and they are correctly handled with safe and effective methods.
Usefulness Rating: 2.75 out of 5.
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