I was watching the cows and calves the other morning, observing the various relationships going on within the herd. I have no experience of mares and foals in such a group situation and I wondered whether there were any similarities?
Most of the cows are quite precious about their baby and will only feed their own offspring. Should another calf try to sneak a free meal the cow will, usually very gently, discourage it. One cow we have is extremely maternal and happily lets any calf suckle. Two cows, who have a very strong bond, will wash and suckle each other's calf but no others. Sometimes the mommas want a bit of "me time" and appear to elect a lower member of the herd to watch the babies while they disappear off down the pasture.
Long suffering Tania on baby-sitting duty:
So can you tell me, please, how do your horses behave?