Joanne Casey, Internet Caretaker.
Utterly cute yes! But I'd be careful allowing other horses near a foal birthing: we have twice had a foal stolen from a mare by other horses. Once a dominant mare of mine stole the foal from an elderly mare; and a few years later a herd of five stole our newborn foal ... (see http://moretons-myth.blogspot.com.au/2010/08/horse-thieves.html)Oh and BTW I gave the dominant mare away; and a year later she stole another newborn, unbeknownst to her owner ... and the foal died, as it bonded with her but she had no milk. (Sad face ...)
Dr. M, I had no idea horses did that...that poor little foal :(
Did you ever find the stolen foals?
Any stolen foal should be the owners responsibility to get it back to the mare. Foal should never starve to death.