Mothers and foals

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!

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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 two blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog.
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5 Responses to Mothers and foals

  1. Hey Nonny No says:

    School gate mummies in the making. Matthilde will soon be sneaking off to an 11 plus tutor, but pretending her progeny is naturally brilliant……..and she will be driving a 7-seater, and parking on the zig-zags.

  2. Rebrites says:

    Makes me wonder about the baby donks we see following their mothers up the camino and into the fields, walking for many miles. But then, donkeys around here are never bothered by veterinarians!

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Yes, Reb, I do think the vet is being over cautious, but the hooves do seem very soft and delicate. I would like to get the mothers back into longer walks because it helps naturally trim their hooves too. This is a bit of a difficult question to resolve. I will speak to the vet again.

  4. RatBag says:

    Frere Rabit, are you having to run with the donkeys, too? Your top photo reminded me of a time when I stood in for my Dad in giving a neighbour’s samoyed dog her “walk”. Well, she gave me a walk! She knew her route and nothing, not even an overweight 14-year-old, was going to stop her. Scary experience.

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    Well, of course I am having to run with the donkeys, you silly RatBag, otherwise they would run off and i would not have any donkeys. S’obvious, innit?

    I must look in at the Staffroom again soon. Tell them I am a norty rabit and have been very busy!

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