Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
Stallions are not the evil psychotic creatures they are portrayed to be. They are horses like any other, EXCEPT
A) They are RULED by hormones and instinct and
B) They are usually kept in a way that makes them go batty.
The stallion in the first video killed the foal for one of two (or both) reasons
1. It was not his foal. Lions, wolves, monkeys, dolphins, and even chickens and just about any other territorial pack or herd living animal will do the same, it ensures that only his bloodline is spread, it is nature. Plus by killing her offspring he ensures the mare will go back into estrus quickly and be ready for breeding again, so to him it is win win.
2. He sensed the foal was crippled and disposed of it to prevent it from contaminating the bloodline, some mares have been seen to do the same thing. The only way to do this is for him to stomp it to death or to shake it to death, you will notice he stopped immediately when the foal was dead, he did not do this out of pure badness or for fun, he did what he saw necessary for whatever reason.
Dolphins do the same thing with their own young if they feel over populated or a new male moves into the pod and wants to ensure his bloodline, though they practice on smaller porposes to perfect their technique to make the death of their young as painless as possible, they will swim to the bottom and then rocket themselves up under the baby they wish to kill and basically bludgeon it with a quick hit to the abdomen, rupturing its lungs in effect killing it. And while it is heart breaking to watch, animals are not like humans, they are not rued by emotion but instinct and logic. The foal was damaged and not his, nature took its course.
The stallions in the second video are sadly the exception rather than the rule. They are socialized and kept with other animals, rare for stallions.
Most stallions are kept in isolation and never socialized with another horse unless it is to breed. So should he by chance come into contact with a foal he is already amped up and pumped with testosterone, aggressive, and ruled by his hormones. He possibly wants to get rid of the foal like the stallion in the first video, or sees it as a threat to him or the mare he wants to breed. Being a herd animal it is maddening to most of them to be kept without the contact of another horse, so they tend to be rather nutty anyway even when not in breeding mode.
Ω Horses are a projection of peoples dreams Ω