Foal Behavior

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  • Foal mouth clapping
  • Obstinate foal behaviour

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    08-24-2011, 10:07 PM
Foal Behavior

I didn't see any folders for horse behavior so I thought I would place it here.

Do foals basically make the same noises as adults? (Yes, I know they squeal, nicker, snort etc, like the adults.) I guess what I'm asking is, what noises do they usually make when interacting with adults?

I read something about them "chopping" with their ears forward when they greet another adult, but I wasn't able to find much explanation about that or other general behaviors...

I also read that behaviors change as they grow up, but that too, didn't go into detail. Any links or pages on foal behavior? Thanks.
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    08-24-2011, 10:32 PM
Here's an example of the chomping they do:

You might want to just google foals on youtube some and watch some of the videos to get a general idea of behavior. With babies it's pretty much eat sleep and play!
    08-25-2011, 07:14 AM
That particular behavior is exhibited by virtually all foals. It is a display of submission - the same as a dog turning over and exposing its belly to a more dominant horse or a human master, although horses don't display submission to humans.

They will continue doing that (depending upon whether they are in a herd environment or not) as a yearling. Usually they stop around 2, but sometimes they will stop sooner or even do it longer.

It is a perfectly natural behavior, and it would be highly unusual if they DIDN'T display that behavior.
    08-25-2011, 07:20 AM
I have always heard it referred to as 'chewing'.
    08-25-2011, 08:03 AM
Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
I have always heard it referred to as 'chewing'.
Haha...I call it "smacking"...
    08-25-2011, 08:07 AM
We've always called it "chomping". My little guy is an expert, especially if he's getting a good wither scratch...or chest...or butt...or! He got himself in big trouble with momma last night over it, fine to chomp air but not so fine to chomp momma's butt ;)
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