Monday, May 8, 2017

Do mares steal foals?

Sometimes, although other animals are worse.

The textbook case is a mare who is about to foal who doesn't seem to realize her foal isn't there yet and tries to take somebody else's. More rarely, a maiden mare will try to steal a foal. The only solution is to separate the animals - it can result in fights between the mares, the foal getting hurt, or the "victim" mare losing her milk.

A mare who has lost her foal will also sometimes try to steal another mare's foals - a behavior pattern that can be made use of if you have an orphaned foal.

I've also heard stories about donkeys trying to steal both foals and calves!

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