There’s something about a mother’s instinct that crosses nearly every species on Earth. From humans to canines, gorillas to horses, protecting babies is something mothers of every kind take very seriously. That’s why this beautiful mare came to the rescue when she heard her foal crying out for help.
In a flash, the mare was huddling over her precious baby, making sure he was okay and protecting him from anything bad headed his way! Thankfully, one of the stable workers thought to record this sweet interaction and share it online for everyone to see.
This is all the proof we need: you never mess with a momma’s baby!
The moment Momma heard her baby crying out next the humans, her ears perked up. She knew something was wrong and she had to do something about it right away. Without thinking twice, the massive horse began to gallop as fast as she could toward the stables. She was going to stop whatever was threatening her baby with every ounce of her being!
While the “threat” was really just a bunch of people getting close to the foal, Mom wasn’t taking any chances. Her behavior is something The Horse explains is totally normal. Even though each mare is different, the site says most horse mothers have the drive to help their babies.
“Domestic mares with foals have a bevy of protective behaviors that they show every day against humans and their own herd mates… This level of protectiveness a mare shows will depend upon her temperament, experience, and environment…”
The site continues:
“Foals naturally stay very close to their dams during the first few weeks of life, so distance from others will be a form of protection. Reminiscent of running from a predator, a mare protecting her foal from a herdmate or human who gets too close might first choose to just move him away. Foals are ‘followers’ so the mare might give the foal a push, and then he will follow her as she leaves. A mare might maneuver herself between the foal and intruder but stay put, particularly in an enclosed environment like a stall or small paddock. Mares have a behavior called ‘tending’ or the ‘recumbency response’ in which they simply stand over their sleeping foal.
The most common agonistic behavior for any horse is the threat. So mares will show facial and postural threats such as pinning the ears, as well as bite and kick threats. Threats are generally very effective in driving others away from the vicinity of the foal. If need be, mares will certainly bite or kick herd mates or human intruders.”
Thankfully, this baby horse wasn’t in real danger. He was just freaked out by the sheer number of people getting too close. It’ll take a few more years to understand what’s really dangerous and what’s not. But until that point, Mom is there to make everything better.
With her by his side, the foal calmed down just as fast as his nerves flared up!
You can see Momma come to the rescue below. She wasn’t messing around with her foal’s safety!