Leo was our first ever foal, born in February 2002, and to us in some ways he will always be our baby.
Lucy, his mum seems to feel the same way, as he is such a mummy’s boy and chooses to be with her over all of the other horses. He does have a good relationship with his own off spring, especially Spirit, but his greatest love will always be his Mum.
Leo was a lovely foal, very easy and good natured, but thinking back, of course he was – he had his mum for his love and milk and as he got older, a nice supply of mares to keep his hormones happy! By the age of one he was off making babies one minute and back to Mum the next – talk about have your cake and eat it.!
At the time we hadn’t quite realised that horses could be fertile at only a year, and by the time his first foal, Spirit, arrived the following year, we also had 3 more foals on the way! Though we had tried to have him gelded in the spring of the year he turned one, the vet decided to leave it until the autumn as it turned hot very suddenly and there were a lot of flies, but then in the Autumn the reverse happened and we ended up leaving it until the following spring.
Never mind, our happy little accidents proved to be a blessing in hindsight, they have given us a lot of joy and are now a fantastic addition to our riding business.
As already explained in Lucy’s story – Leo loved his milk and the pair of them were in no hurry to wean naturally – we eventually weaned him, aged four, alongside his last foals, by putting him in an adjoining paddock, but when we reintroduced them back into the herd , Leo was the first one trying to suckle – what a big baby! Even now, when we take Lucy out for a ride without him, though he doesn’t make a fuss at the time, he can be heard calling to her when she is near home, and his little head is always the one turned in our direction as we walk back through the gate.