What is a baby horse called?
A baby horse is called a foal
When a mare (an adult female horse) has a baby, she is said to have "foaled", when the foal stands and nurses, it can be called suckling, but is usually just refered to as a foal. In some parts of the western United States, local dialect makes it okay for any foal to be called a "colt" regardless of their gender.
What are older baby horses called?
At 4 to 6 months, a baby horse is separated from it's mother. After this seperation process, called weaning, the baby horse is called a weanling. "Weanling" is the proper term to call the foal until the baby horse turns 1 year old. After one year old the baby horse is called a "yearling" and yearlings over 18 months old are sometimes refered to as "long yearlings". When the horse turns two years old they are usually refered to by their adult names, mares or stallions.
Foals are born after a gestation period of approximately 11 months. Birth takes place quickly, consistent with the status of a horse as a prey animal, and more often at night than during the day. Foals are born with an ability to quickly escape from predators; normally a foal will stand up and nurse within the first hour after it is born, can trot and canter within hours, and most can gallop by the next day. A newborn foal's legs are almost as long (90%) as those of an adult horse.
Wait isn't a Baby Horse called a Pony ?
Some people think a baby horse is called apony. In fact, a baby horse is called a foal. A foal is a horse that is younger than one year old.
A pony can be any age! Ponies have short legs and wider bodies than full-sized horses. Ponies often have thicker manes too!
People can ride ponies, just like they can ride full-sized horses. Historically, people have also used ponies to pull carts and help with transportation.
Ponies live all around they world. They mostly eat plants like hay or alfalfa. A pony might also like an apple or a carrot as a treat.
A baby pony is also called a foal!