Foals: Getting To Know The Baby Horse
Young horses are called Foals. They generally referred to as Foals for the first year of their life. Breeding time is one the most exciting time in the stable, as there are going to be new additions to the number of horses. Foaling or breeding is very important, so a prior knowledge about it is very necessary. A female horse generally takes from 338 to 365 days to deliver a foal. Although exact days are not known as it may vary in each mare. Foals are playful and full of energy. For the first few months, the fouls only eat and run around the farm.
Foals Just After Their Birth
- Foals are very energetic; within two hours of their birth, they are ready for nursing. Within 24 hours they are prepared to gallop all around.
- The legs of the Foals remains the same throughout their life. They don’t grow over some time. They are about 80% to 90% of the length of the adult horse.
- After birth, the foal is ready for nursing. After a week will nibble on hay, and after ten days have passed, they will start eating grass.
Facts About Foals:
- Like we have discussed, it takes about 11 months for the foal to arrive. Sometimes it can take up to 12 months to give birth.
- Foals can stand and walk in a short period of time. They generally start galloping after 24 hours of their birth.
- The first milk of the female foal is called colostrum, and it is very important for boosting the immune system of the foal. The colostrum provides antibodies to the horse.
- These are generally born with bow-shaped legs. As time passes and the foal grows, the legs straighten ups.
- Foals are generally born during night time, and the process of giving birth is really quick.
- It takes some years for foul to be ready for a ride. Though a foal can stand up and start galloping within 24 hours, it takes time to grow up and be ready to take us on a ride.
- Foals and mares bond very quickly. Like human bond between mother and child, the bond between them is irreplaceable. Most of the communication is undetectable to the human eye.
- They grow up very quickly, but they lack an immune system of their own. There are high chances of the foal getting an infection. So the foal’s umbilical cord must disinfect for a few days after the birth.
- The foal must be closely watched to see any sign of upcoming infection.
- Foals love grass, and within ten days of their birth, they start eating grass and hay. In 2 months, the Foals is good to go on its own. They will no longer need the mother’s milk and can survive on their own.
Foals are very much fun to watch as they grow up. From the time they are born until they have grown into an actual adult horse, they would be a playful mood. Raising a foal can be tiring; they will keep you busy as they need all the attention.