Some friendships last a lifetime, as you’re well aware. This 12-hour-old foal and the youngster who is showing it so much affection have already become pals. They’ll make excellent friends for sure. This young man clearly loves and cares for his tiny horse, as evidenced by his outward displays of affection. So they’ve already begun their journey, and he’s a lucky horse.
Foaling season is a fun time for everyone in the stable, but it’s especially thrilling for the little ones. Many foals are born at the same time at a breeding stable. There are of course owners who can’t wait for the arrival of a new puppy or kitten when their mare gives birth to a foal.
The whole development of a foal in the mare takes approximately 11 months. As a result, some foals can be several weeks after or ahead of their due date. A foal might be up to four weeks late on occasion. For most breeders, foaling in the spring allows their foals to grow and exercise throughout the summer months.
After birth, foals are able to stand, walk, and trot. Within two hours of birth, a foal should be up and nursing. A call to the veterinarian may be necessary if the foal is taking longer than expected. Filly foals, according to some breeders, are more quickly able to stand and nurse than colts. It takes around 24 hours for foals to learn to gallop, which means they’re ready to play with your child.
An infection can spread quickly in a foal because it lacks its own immune system. As a result, extreme caution is required, as is instilling a sense of caution in your children. Immediately after birth, the umbilical stump of the foal needs to be cleansed and monitored for disease. At night, the majority of foals are born, and they are usually born rapidly. It’s not uncommon for a horse owner to take a nap in the stall, then dash out to get a cup of coffee or go to the bathroom, only to return to discover a foal waiting for them. In the wild, a mare and her foal are better protected from predators by giving birth at night and in a hurry.