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.