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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.
A mare and her foal, Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 85 mm, 1/2000 sec at f/ 4.5, ISO 200
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“Love These Creatures”
“Greece and all things Hellenic”
“Baby Animals”
“Equine Art and Photography”

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Comments

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Thanks a lot Larry!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoabout 2 years ago

    Tender…. Lovely shot Konstantinos!

  • Thank you very much my friend!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzabout 2 years ago

    nice find and capture

  • Thanks a lot George!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 2 years ago

    January 18, 2013

    Congratulations

  • Many thanks for the feature Teresa!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 2 years ago

    Very nice capture my friend.

  • Thanks a lot Tom!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    Many thanks to the Greece and all things Hellenic group for the feature!

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture.

  • Thank you very much Rosalie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    Baby Animals ~ FEATURES ~ January 31st, 2013

  • Many thanks for the feature Evita!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Barssel
    Barsselabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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