A short video celebrating the foals. I’m trying to get the mothers and foals to mix for short periods, under supervision. It is not easy. Matilde and Rubi are very wary of each other. The remarkable thing at present is the way that the foals, Morris and Aitana, are aware of their mothers’ instinctive distance and the foals do not go near each other. They have not yet met, nor been within less than a few metres of each other. My next step will be to tie the mothers and introduce the foals to each other. That may encourage the mothers to become a little less suspicious of each other. Meanwhile, the fence goes up again as soon as I am away from them, as I cannot risk one of the mothers attacking or kicking the other’s foal. It has happened once already, just a light warning kick, but a real kick could be serious.
Update Thursday 6th October
See Marie’s comment below. I liked the picture she linked to, so I am including it here. The young Christ is on the donkey heading for Egypt. Giotto in Padova. Small ears on this donkey, probably for aesthetic reasons? Otherwise it could be Matilde.