Girls Horse Club Blog

The Wild Herd: Foals and Yearlings

Published by • Apr 2nd, 2009 • Category: International Horse, Junior Blogger Archives

by Autumn, age 14

Foals, Colts and Fillies
When a young horse — a colt or filly — misbehaves, the stallion of the herd will immediately put the youngster in his or her place. They are often found getting in trouble for racing off, getting lost, and acting out.

If a lead mare catches a colt or filly disobeying the rules, she will drive them away from the herd, which is a method Monty Roberts uses in his horse whispering career. What it does is makes the foal willing, and the lead mare will repeat this until the little guy will drop his head, lick and chew, and submit himself to her. Then he is allowed back into the herd. I’m glad LeadMare doesn’t have to do this to us!

Yearlings and UP
When a young stallion gets older and is ready to be a stallion, he will be driven from the herd. He will then join a bachelor herd, where stallions will play fight, and prepare to be a stallion.

When the young mares become older, they may be bred. When they get into their season, other stallions may be attracted, and the stallion of the herd will have to drive them off his territory.

If they engage in fighting, the losing stallion is the bachelor, then he gets nothing. However, if the losing stallion is the lead stallion, he loses every single mare and foal in the herd. This is like a major gambling game, as you could lose everything, or win nothing.

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  1. Champion post! Another fact… if a Stallion captures a mare from another herd he will often kill her foal if she has one. The Stally might even injure the mare if she is pregnant so her foal will die. This is because the Stallion wants HIS offspring to live and for his generation to carry on. When stallions fight the stronger one usually wins.. this is because if a weaker stallion is aloud to breed his traits could carry on in weaker foals and so on. Good post Autumn!

  2. Haha, yeah Autumn, I hope LeadMare doesn’t have to chase any of us naughty foals away. Or better yet knock us over the head with a hoof. You wouldn’t do that… *looks like an innocent little foal* would you Lead Mare?

  3. Oh and another thing.. did you know that foals make a kind of chewing sound (like someone chewing bublegum) when they are around older and stronger horses? It says to them “Please don’t hurt me I’m just a baby”. So if your around a young horse or any for that matter try a little chewing sound and watch their reaction.

  4. Autumn and Rachel Danielle, thanks for the smiles. Let’s just say there are occasions when fillies come along who don’t play nice, and I don’t have much patience for that. I’m not one to knock anyone over the head with a hoof (not even metaphorically), but have had to lay my ears back, bare my teeth and occasionally deliver a little nip. It’s never personal though, just doing my job.

  5. And we are glad you are here to protect us Lead Mare. (We’ll just stay clear of your teeth, even if nips are nothing personal). Autumn, you always provide us with really informative blogs. Keep up the good work!

  6. This is a very informative blog! I know this HAS to happen but sometimes, when you really think about it, it makes me feel kinda sad. But, every horse has it’s own place in the world. Wether it be with humans or a glittering wild horse that is free for it’s whole life. Good job!

  7. interesting blog!I’ve heard that if a foal is born with a problem ex:has a broken leg or has a condition or disorder the horses called a “looking glass”will smell it then maybe report to the lead stallion and the stallion of the heard will smell the young foal or filly and grab it by the neck and quickly swing it around breaking it’s bones or joints then slam it on the ground and continue the process until the poor thing dies.