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post #1 of 13 Old 04-24-2014, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Is this normal?

On my way driving to the barn where I board my horse, I pass someones property with a decent looking barn and dry lot for their horses...but I never see them out (I go around the same time everyday so maybe they are already brought in?). Until a couple days ago. I just assumed they didn't have any animals.

I was driving past their property, as I do everyday, but this time there was what looked to be an 8-10 year old girl leading her QH mare along side the road with a young foal following along beside her. To me this doesn't seem smart...the foal is loose (assuming not halter broke yet) next to a pretty busy street and the mare looked pretty alert/stressed flaring her nostrils and the whites of her eyes showing, and the foal looked very scared and was kind of running in place because it didn't know what to do but wasn't brave enough to leave its mom.

Im guessing the girl was trying get the baby comfortable traffic? Or maybe since she (human) is young, she kind of wanted to "show off" the mom and baby to passer byers? It just kind of annoyed me the rest of the day after seeing that...I was just envisioning what could have happened if the baby got scared and tried to go on the other side of mom and ended up in the street.

Is it just me or does this seem like an accident waiting to happen? Is this how people generally lead around mom and foal with mom being led and baby following along? Sorry for my ignorance...I have never raised a foal but am just curious.
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A lot of people just lead mom and let the baby follow, but I've yet to hear of doing that on the side of the road...
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We start out leading mom and letting baby follow, but I have not, nor would I do it on the side of a busy....even not busy street. Baby is not likely to end up out in traffic but that's a never say never kind of thing. I doubt her folks knew what she was doing.

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^Hope her folks didn't know... but it wouldn't surprise me if they were just oblivious to the danger... of having a young child lead a horse unsupervised beside a road, let alone a loose foal... the stories you hear!
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Maybe she could use a Big Sister who´s been around the block a few times.

The foal should be tied too the mother when on a Walk-About.
In traffic (other than right hand) the mother is keep between the baby and traffic....hopefully the mother is traffic trained.
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Is it possible they had got loose and the kid was trying to get them home?
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I would be extremely hesitant about tying a foal to it's mother - that to me is a catastrophy waiting to happen. Babies can be so easily & badly broken by force, let alone if the mare spooked & dragged it off it's feet or such.
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Originally Posted by squirrelfood View Post
Is it possible they had got loose and the kid was trying to get them home?
Thats what I was assuming at first...but they seemed to be walking large circles? Kind of slowly introducing the baby to traffic it seemed like. It just seemed kind of dangerous to me, that isn't the way I would go about doing it thats for sure.
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As far as the barn thing goes, a barn on the way to my barn sounds similar =[ They keep most of their horses stalled for months at a time without even coming out for makes me ill every time I drive by.
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