Emily McDonald and the Meadow Family, part 5
Parenting in the meadow
How Daddy Day Care helps postpone weaning
Many horse breeders find that the mares get fed up with their foals long before the foals reach an age where they would have been weaned in the wild. To equine behaviour consultant Emily McDonald, the explanation for this seems like a no-brainer. "Most domestic mares are single mums" she says. "They don't have the support of the stallion like they are supposed to. "
In this video, Emily McDonald talks about how parenting is done in the meadow where the ponies have been left to sort things out for themselves. You can also hear more about the characters of mum Tulla and dad Jack.
How a group of abandoned ponies put an equine behaviourist off training horses