Foals are amazing as they get to act like grown horses just a few days after they’re born. And if you’re curious how they move and develop, Friesian Horses caught one on camera.
Mathilde, Sjirkje’s foal, was only 5 days old when she was first let out.Her excitement was palpable as she and her mother walked out of the stables.There was a bounce in her step, and it was clear she was ready to face the world.
Mathilde also took the time to visit each horse in the stable, as if she were meeting them for the first time.The herd was so enthralled that some of them followed Mathilde inside their own enclosures.Mathilde was initially uneasy.Puddles puzzled her because it was raining outside.She tried to talk herself into stepping through or jumping over it in that brief moment.
Eventually, her handler coaxed her and assured her that she was fine. With renewed confidence, she followed her mother into the arena.
The arena is a roofed structure filled with loose dirt.It was the place where Mathilde discovered what it was like to be free.When the mother and daughter were left to explore the location, they wasted no time.Sjirkje trotted and galloped, exuding majesty and elegance.She’d done it many times before, and it was now Mathilde’s turn to learn.
The foal came after.And, despite her lack of rhythm, she made up for it with her speed and stamina. The stable owners agreed that extreme caution should be used when releasing foals.
Foals, unlike other animals, are very self-sufficient once they find their bearings. Puppies and kittens whimper helplessly as they roll on their bedding. Meanwhile, foals are already bucking and galloping just days after birth.