Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Central Illinois
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I think it depends on the situation and the horse. Usually, the longer a baby is with its mother, the more chance they will remember each other.
Being in a human enviorment, babies are usually removed from their mother during weaning and aren't put together again. Some people do put their weanlings back in the herd with their mom, but I have seen foals who couldn't care less about their mom and couldn't distinguish her from other horses.
On the other hand, I know people who don't truly separate for weaning except by putting a fence between the mare and baby. These horses usually bond strongly with their ofspring, because the baby just becomes a member of their herd. The baby's instinct to look to its mother for guideance strenghtens the bond, in my opinion, to be more than just another buddy in the pasture.
This is basically just my experience and opinion with mare/foal relationships