The foals are now having a regular run with their mothers, just up to the top of the hill and back. Their hooves are still not developed enough to walk more than a kilometre on tarmac, according to the vet. I would like to take them for a more sustained walk, particularly as their mothers need a longer walk, but I am not going to ignore the vet’s advice. I have seen for myself that the backs of the foals’ hooves still have soft fleshy pads rather than hoof material, so the limit of a kilometre may be right.
The rivalry between mothers Matilde and Rubi continues, especially over food. Matilde eats her food quickly and then goes to raid Rubi’s food and pushes her away. I have also seen several incidents of quite pointless bullying of Rubi by Matilde. For example, when Rubi is having a dust bath and quite enjoying herself, Matilde pushes her out of the way. Not because she wants a dust bath, but simply to annoy Rubi. I find this behaviour intriguing. It is certainly not very pleasant!
Rubi, fenced off for uninterrupted feeding!