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- Within two hours of birth, a foal should be up and nursing. Within about 24 hours, they can gallop. Sometimes fillies are faster to get up, but that’s not set in stone.
- Most foals are born at night and the process is relatively quick. If you’re not careful you might miss it.
- The first milk a foal will get is called colostrum. In the first few hours, foals will receive about a quart of it. This milk helps to boost their immune systems.
- The legs of your foal won’t actually get much longer. They are about 80 to 90% the length of what they will be as an adult.
- Expect some grass tasting after about a week. Foals will nibble on hay and grass at about 10 days old.
- Most foals are weaned between four to six months of age. Handlers may abruptly remove the young horse or gradually separate mare and baby. Either way can be very stressful on both if not done with care.