My wife and I are definitely not members of the horsey set, so our knowledge of horses is limited at best, and it’s been years since we’ve tried riding. However, we do admire the creatures, and you may remember that I introduced you to a couple of lovely foals in my postings of June 7 and 8, at the horse farm just on the edge of Daglan.
What I didn’t show you in those two postings was the scary bit — coming upon one or both foals lying flat out in the grass, looking for all the world as if they were, well, you know, deceased.
I mean, these little horses go completely flat. And I had thought that horses generally slept either standing up, or lying down on their stomachs, with their heads up and their legs sort of tucked under them.
So when we first came across the sight of the foals lying flat and perfectly still, we were quite worried about their well-being, until we realized that they were just having a snooze.
This morning, on the way back into Daglan from a bike ride to Castelnaud, I came across one of the foals sleeping, and thought I’d give you a look. So here’s one of the little ones in the foreground, with the other horses standing in the background:
As I walked closer to the fence, I was clicking away with my camera until the foal suddenly figured out what was happening, jumped up, and scampered off to its mother. Here are all four of the horses, with the mares eating calmly and the little ones staring back at me:
Since coming home, I’ve done a bit of research on horse behaviour, and discovered that foals spend about half of each day sleeping. So it seems that all is well, and quite normal, with our friends the foals.