Learning From Mom
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Mare and Foal a relationship of Love. The first few hours of the relationship between mare and foal are extremely important for bonding. Indeed, mares and foals are typically in close proximity to each other during the first days and weeks of life. For horses are a follower species and like to keep their foals nearby at all times. This is in contrast to animals such as deer, which are part of a hider species that tends to stash their young in hiding places and leave them for periods of time while grazing.
In fact, a mare will remember her baby for the rest of her life, even if they’re separated very early and reunited after many years. New mothers tend to be protective of their foals; and they may be very aggressive toward other horses. Additionally, the mare may pin her ears and charge nearby horses to drive them away from her newborn. In some instances, a mare may also become dangerous toward people, especially if she believes that her foal is threatened.
It is likely to take at least 30 minutes before the foal’s hind legs are strong enough to lift him. During his first attempts to rise, he will stagger to his feet, lurch from side to side and then crumple to the ground. Then, he may rest for a few moments before again trying to stand. By the time he is an hour old, he will be fairly steady on his feet.
Of all creatures God made at the Creation, there is none more excellent, or so much to be respected as a horse. – Bedouin Legend
Mare and Her Foal
For the first month, the foal will tend to play alone by running around his mother, jumping into the air, kicking out his feet and wheeling to run in another direction. Foals easily can learn to be led when they are young. For, the mere act of following their mother helps a great deal in teaching foals to go forward with someone beside them.
This painting titled “Learning from Mom” is part playfulness and part high spirits as the Mare and Foal dance to life together. Can’t you just picture the mare and her foul breaking into a gallop and kicking their legs high or twisting their torso into jaunty leaps of dance. Perhaps with a little effort they can undo the binds of gravity and gallop away on the wind.
The horses paw and prance and neigh,
Fillies and colts like kittens play,
And dance and toss their rippled manes
Shining and soft as silken skeins…
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Learning from Mom l Acrylic l 24” x 30” l
Dare to Feel,
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