Everyone knows that baby horses are called foals.
Boy foals are called colts, while girl foals are called fillies. The young horses are called colts and fillies up until the age of 3. Up until they are 1 year old, they are often referred to as yearlings.
You will often hear a horse referred to as 'rising 4' or 'rising 5'. This means that they are about to turn that age. The term is used most often when talking about young horses.
When a Foal is born, it's legs are almost their full adult length! - giving them that extremely cute 'long legged look' we all love.
Most foals are born at night under cover of darkness and away from prying eyes and possible danger.
The best time for a foal to be born is in the spring, when the weather is at its kindest and the lush spring grass is at its best for the mares.
A newborn foal can stand up within an hour of being born and can keep up with the rest of the herd within 24 hours!
When first born, foals cannot eat grass because their legs are too long to reach it!
Horses all have their birthday on the same day. This makes it easier for keeping racing ,breeding and showing records.
In the northern Hemisphere, (which includes the USA, Canada and Europe), horses have their birthday on January the 1st.
But, in the southern hemisphere, (which includes Australia, New Zealand and Japan), horses have their birthday on August the 1st.