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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. Healthy foals grow quickly and can put on up to three pounds or over a kilo a day. In the first weeks of life the foal gets everything it needs from the mare’s milk. A foal may start to eat solids from ten days of age, after eight to ten weeks it will need more nutrition than the mare’s milk can supply; supplementary feeding is required by then.
Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 85 mm, 1/160 sec at f/ 4.5, ISO 400
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  • whisperjo
    whisperjoalmost 4 years ago

    Ahh….what an beauty!

  • Thanks a lot whisperjo!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ben Waggoner
    Ben Waggoneralmost 4 years ago

    Magical shot! It looks like his rear end is all excited about “new life” and wants to prance and cavort, while his front end is still focused on getting his steps right so that he does not fall down (again, probably)…

  • You got it right Ben, thanks a lot mate!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenalmost 4 years ago


  • Thanks a lot Warren, cheers mate!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • laurav
    lauravalmost 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Laura, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Great shot, congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks a lot Cindy!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

    July 24 2011

  • Many tanks for the feature Laura, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Toni Kane
    Toni Kaneover 3 years ago

    This is so very precious and beautiful. How I love animals ;-)))) Gorgeous. x

  • Thanks a lot Toni!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • M.S. Photography/Art
    M.S. Photograp...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot,how precious!

  • Thank you very much Margaret!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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