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It starts with foal behaviour

At Foal NZ we are always looking for that edge. We establish the foundation of your foal’s behaviour early, to give them the very best opportunity to improve their welfare and performance, both on and off the track.


We are dedicated to improving the performance of race horses through foal education, behavioural research and farm consultancy worldwide. The team at Foal NZ provides foals the very best start to their racing careers by using gentle scientifically-proven training methods to establish their foundation behaviour. We lead the world in thoroughbred foal behaviour and position these animals to be champions both on and off the track.  
We were formally Equus Education (NZ) Ltd for nineteen years.

The services we offer are as follows:

foal education

The road to racing success begins with establishing foundation behaviour early in the foal’s life. We take them through a set training programme where they learn the fundamentals of human interaction. Tell me more...

research

We are continuously conducting research to increase our understanding of horse and foal behaviour to improve welfare and performance. Tell me more...

consultancy

We work alongside farms to enhance the welfare and performance of their horses by training their staff using methods developed by our foal research. Tell me more...

The Foal NZ team is globally recognised for its innovative work in foal behaviour, specialising in educating young thoroughbred foals. Training methods used are based on research conducted in the field, Monty Roberts’ principles, and Equitation Science theory.

Foal NZ founders Leigh Wills and Sally King have presented at public demonstrations, conferences and thoroughbred studs globally. Since 2000 the pair has completed over 18,000 foal training sessions without injury. Foal NZ graduates have become million-dollar yearlings in the sales ring and multiple winners of Group One races.