Does My Mare Think a Miniature Horse is Her Baby?
Q: A Miniature Horse recently moved to my barn, and my 6-year-old mare is absolutely infatuated with him. We joke that she thinks he’s her “baby.” Is this purely anthropomorphizing, or do some mares have a maternal desire or instinct?

A: This question opens up a lot of avenues to interesting equine behaviors. I can’t say for sure that your mare isn’t showing any maternal behaviors toward this Miniature. However, I would find it unlikely that she’s mistaking a mature, but very small, horse f

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