Evening stand off

The mothers and foals are still keeping a distance with a wary eye on each other. The foals do not yet play together. It is like a kind of dance. I videoed a five-minute sequence yesterday evening, showing the way in which they constantly move around keeping a distance between themselves. If a foal get near to the other mother, they will sometimes sniff each other and the mothers not be aggressive to the foal. If the mothers get too near, usually by accident when they haven´t been concentrating, then a litle drama takes place, sometimes with warning kicks.

When I returned home from work yesterday, the fence separating them during the day had been brought down (probably by a gambolling foal not yet wary of the electric pulse in the white electric ribbon) and they were all at one end of the field, but keeping a distance. I left the fence down and observed them until sunset, then decided to leave the dividing fence down overnight. They were all sitting down in a fairly close group when I found them this morning, and all had survived the night! So I have left them in the undivided field today, hoping that they can now co-exist. It is a bit worrying, especially the thought that a foal might catch a kick aimed at the other adult.

The vdeo shows a great stand off at the evening dust-bath, which Matilde and Rubi used to do together or in close proximity. Now Matilde has clamed the dustbath patch for herself and her foal Aitana and she doesn´t let Rubi near it. Rubi has found a new patch of rather stony new dust patch at the other end of the field and is teaching Morrs to roll in that.

The mother and foal chase with Aitana and Matilde is fun to watch.

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About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have three blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog begun in 2015, plus an old donkey blog which ran from 2010 to 2015.
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One Response to Evening stand off

  1. karin says:

    They are lovely!!

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