Coconut is a gorgeous 2 day old foal. His color pattern is called tovero with a medicine hat. Led by his mom, Coconut came outside for the very first time, and no one around can hide the excitement of having a new addition to this horse family. It is so pleasant to watch how gentle and protective the mare is to her fragile foal. But what’s more exciting is what was going on behind the fence. This must be the warmest “welcome” I’ve ever seen. Please, enjoy and SHARE.
Within a herd there is typically a lead stallion and a lead mare. In nature, it is their duty to keep the herd safe and moving. The lead mare usually stays at the front of the herd, and the stallion pushes from behind to keep the other horses moving, trying to find food and water.
In the wild, the stallion also resolves the conflicts between the members of his horse family. He chooses to intervene in some situations, but in others he lets the horses learn a lesson from their fight. If the conflict puts the herd in danger, or threatens the stallion’s position as a lead, he will display aggressive body language by lowering his neck and flattening his ears, often with a short charge. If that’s not enough, the stallion might even bite or kick. After delivering the message, he becomes very passive and goes back to whatever he was doing before the conflict.
The stallion always gives some space to a pregnant mare. He stays on the edge of the herd, close enough to protect her if necessary. The herd ensure the safety of the foal as well. The mare makes sure her foal develops good muscle strength by moving as much as possible, so that he is able to stay safe from predators. The stallion is also involved in raising the foal, he plays with him and teaches about herd etiquette.
There is a very definite hierarchy in every herd. A newcomer initially begins at the bottom of the ranks. It is up to him to work his way up (if he chooses to do so) by challenging and gaining the respect of the horse above. It is usually done by claiming the higher-ranked horse’s space.