Concerned that my orphaned foal won't exercise
My foal is 2 weeks old and has been brought up on foal milk replacer as his mother died delivering her. She has a great appetite but when we put her out in the little paddock (30'x100') she doesn't know enough to run, skip, jump and do what a foal should. We tried a nurse mare but she rejected the foal. The foal is out of a big standardbred mare and at birth got lots of colostrum milk that the vet milked from her mother prior to losing her (about 3 baby bottles full). When we put her out, she just stands there at the fence. After a few minutes she lies down on the ground, then gets up again a few minutes later but just stands at the fence. Open to any helpful advice. In all our years, this is our first orphan foal. It was the mare's third foal and the others were healthy and strong right from day one and both were terrors in the fields.