The foal either rolled under bottom of rail fence that seperates the mare and 3 yr old colt. Or he dragged him thru. Why would the older colt stomp the baby and I assume try to kill him? The baby is okay except the scrapes, cuts and hoof marks. He is nursing and up moving around. The mare was with running with the 3 yr old and an older Stallion. So not for sure whos the daddy. If the baby is the older stallions could this be why the younger one would attack? Thanks for any ideas.
Stallions can and will attack foals, dogs and other horses. They are animals and it has nothing to do with they are the father or not. I know some people run their stallions with their mares and foals but IMO it's too dangerous and they should never be left together.
Dusty, Thank goodness the foal is okay. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case and yes he may very well try to kill him. I would assume it's more a dominance issue than anything else. Especially due to his age, he may be trying to assert himself in the group and go after any other foals or such he feels he can be dominant over. Some stallions can be trusted to be in the same pasture with foals and be wonderful usually due to being raised in a healthy herd atmosphere. But there are many that will reach over fences to do them harm. Having more than one stallion in the herd or close vicinity will definitely push any young colts to assert themselves and try to move up the ranks to become top dog. Possibly run some field fencing along the bottom part of the fence to insure the foal can't accidentally get under the fence to the other side and endanger himself. You can count on the fact that if he made the attempt to do him serious harm once, he'll do it again if given the opportunity. Let us know how it goes.
I know that in the wild male lions that take over a pride will kill the lionesses cubs because the truama will bring the females into heat, so that they can sire their own cubs from her. Could/do stallions do this for the same reason? I don't know what the colt was doing, without having seen the act or anything else like it I won't guess. But I do want to say that some, and given the right chances, most stallions' behaviour would benifit being in a herd. Our neighbours stallion he is over 20yrs old, quiet, not even halter broken and has run wild in a herd situation most or all of his life and is one of the most gentliest horses I have ever met. I approve of running them together stallions and mares but not, never with a three yr old colt in the mix
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